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Newton Conservators is Newton's land trust, a non-profit citizens' group that advocates
for the protection of Newton's open space for wildlife and for the community.
Identify This Place Contest: Spring 2018
  Upcoming Events
Spring walks begin Mar 31
Invasive sessions begin Apr 15
Applications are open for the high school summer internship program at Newton Community Farm
Clean up Hemlock Gorge on Apr 28
Clean up the Charles River on Apr 28
Improve a park on NewtonServes day, Apr 29
Sign up online for the Conservators annual dinner on May 2nd
Spring events and photos
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We're looking for volunteers to fill these positions:
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Walks Coordinator
  • a Project Director and a Designer for the Conservators Trail Guide
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    Conservation News

    Goats in the Old Deer Park

    Last fall, the Newton Conservation Commission, brought 30 goats into the old deer park section of Webster Conservation area to nibble away at the underbrush. Learn more.

    Carlson Avenue Woods

    Mt. Ida College has sold 5 wooded acres of its campus to the Mormon church, which hopes to build a temple on the land. The college has also requested city approval of plans to subdivide another 6.5 acres for development of housing. Oak Hill Park neighbors are organizing to oppose the plans.

    Save Webster Woods

    Our efforts to save Webster Woods continued in 2017. We wrote a letter to the candidates for mayor and received this reply from Ruthanne Fuller. See January 2018 article.

    More information about saving the woods

    Cold Spring Park Buckthorn Removal

    An invasive plant, Glossy Buckthorn, threatens the Red Maple forest in Cold Spring Park. A demonstration project to remove the Buckthorn is underway. An article in the Winter 2018 newsletter gives more details about the area.

    New Signs in Conservation Areas

    The Conservators have partnered with the Newton Conservation Commission on the development of new "welcome signs" at the entrances to all conservation areas in Newton. Each sign includes a "QR code" that lets visitors with smartphones see maps and other information about the conservation area.

    Echo Bridge Railing Restoration Project

    An effort is underway to raise public and private funds to restore the historic railings on Echo Bridge. Temporary chain link fencing has been in place since 2008 as a safety measure.





    Upper Falls Greenway is Officially Open

    The Upper Falls Greenway was officially opened on September 15, 2016



    News archive


    Swan on the Charles


    New on the Website

    Spring 2018 Newsletter

    Jolly's Hollow

    Annual Dinner

    Bird Duets

    Thoughts of a Conservators Intern




    E-Bulletin January 19, 2018

    Webster Woods photos by Anne Kane

    Winter 2018 Newsletter

    Red Maple Swamp

    Winter Ducks

    Two Bridges Trail

    Woodcock Meadow Update

    Nahanton Park photos

    Identify This Place Contests

    Dogs in Newton Parks and Conservation Areas

    Photos by Jonathan Elcock

    A Visitor from the Woods

    Photos by Kenneth Mallory

    The new editor of the Newton Conservators Newsletter is Kenneth Mallory, who was formerly Editor-in-chief of Publishing Programs at the New England Aquarium. Mallory is also an accomplished photographer. View a sampling of his work.


    Wilson Conservation Lands

    The Wilson family has preserved an area of woods and gardens in Newton Centre.


    Walks Along the Aqueducts

    New photos, descriptions, maps, and shorter routes.

    A Walk Near Riverside

    A 3-mile walk along the Charles near the Leo J. Martin Golf Course covers some rough, unofficial trails as well as two new pedestrian bridges over the river.


    From King's Handbook of Newton (1889)

    Crystal Lake

    Hemlock Gorge and Echo Bridge


    Bullough's Pond

    Hammond Pond Woods


    Norumbega Park Then and Now

    Hemlock Gorge Then and Now


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    Newton Centre, MA 02459


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