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Sharing his Vision

"It was like having the scales lifted from the eyes long dimmed by defective sight to make an excursion the past week-end through the Coastal Plain of North Carolina to the Big Savannah near Burgaw, and the desert stretches and salt marshes of Carolina Beach with a nature study party, directed by Dr. B. W. Wells, professor of botany at State College."

Susan Iden
"North Carolina Makes Another Claim to Greatness,"
The Raleigh Times
July 24, 1926

As Wells' scientific efforts continued throughout his career, so did his work in educating others. He was an enthusiastic and lively teacher, always leaving a mark on those who heard him speak. His 35 years at NC State allowed him to reach generations of students. Beyond the university, he lectured to wildflower groups and preservation societies, sharing his knowledge of the flora of the state and displaying his lantern slides. He led vigorous multi-day excursions, often hiking miles to show specific plants and ecological features. Wells also reached a large audience by contributing articles and essays about the state to non-scientific publications. In each of these arenas, Wells sought to instill in others an appreciation for the diverse beauty and natural wonder of North Carolina.

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Botanical foray in mountains of Virginia, 1937

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Wells giving an outdoor lecture

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B. W. Wells giving an outdoor lecture on ecology
ca. 1970

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