West Nile Virus
As of July 20th, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has raised the West Nile Virus "risk category" for Newton from Low to Moderate.
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.
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.
Global Climate Change Hits Home
One of the hottest, driest summers ever took a toll on Newton's ponds, lakes, and streams.
Upper Falls Greenway is Officially Open
The Upper Falls Greenway was officially opened on September 15, 2016
Herrick Green in Peril
Andover Newton Theological School is selling its campus in Newton Centre. Efforts are underway to preserve Herrick Green, the central open space on the campus.
Webster Woods Threatened
In 2016, Congregation Mishkan Tefila sold 22 acres of land, mostly woodland, that is surrounded by the publicly owned Webster Conservation Area and Hammond Pond Reservation, to Boston College, whose development plans are unknown.
The Newton Conservators Board of Directors supports action by the city to protect Webster Woods.
Please contact Mayor Setti Warren and members of the City Council to urge them to support action by the city to protect the woods.
Charles River Greenway link completed
In December 2015, a key link in the Charles River Greenway in Waltham was opened, allowing hikers and bikers to travel off-road from Boston all the way to Moody Street in Waltham, and beyond.
Save the Nahanton Park Woodcock Meadow
The rare Woodcock Meadow in Nahanton Park is threatened by the growth of invasives and woody vegetation. You can help restore the meadow. Learn more
New on the Website
Photos by Jonathan Elcock
E-Bulletin June 16, 2017
Summer 2017 Newsletter
Upper Falls Greenway
Environmental Science Program
2017 Conservators Annual Dinner
Finton on Resilience
Identify This Place Contest Answer
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.
Identify This Park Contest Winners
Congratulations to Suzette Barbier and David Tobias, whose names were drawn from among the 10 correct entries to the contest. Suzette and David have each won a free Conservators membership.
Where was this old photograph taken? Find out here. And stay tuned for a new contest in the spring.
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)
Hemlock Gorge and Echo Bridge
Hammond Pond Woods
Norumbega Park Then and Now
Hemlock Gorge Then and Now