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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.
  Upcoming Events
Kennard Park Sculpture Trail open Sep 1 to Nov 11
Newton Community Farm stand is open Tues through Sat
Watch migrating nighthawks at Nahanton Park in late August
Sign up for fall programs at Newton Community Farm
Historic Newton walk in Kennard Park on Sep 11
Upper Falls Greenway ribbon cutting Thurs,
Sep 15 at 1:30pm
Tour of Chestnut Hill and Houghton Garden Sep 18
Help improve a park on National Public Lands Day Sep 24
Newton Community Farm fall festival on Sep 25
Historic Newton walk in Newton Cemetery on Sep 25
Help clean beaches and ponds during CoastSweep
Hemlock Gorge fall cleanup on Oct 15
Apply for a Conservators grant by Oct 31
Join the Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Dec
Fall events and photos
Save Webster Woods
Mayor Warren Visits The Science of Webster Woods

On May 12, Newton Mayor Setti Warren toured the wood with many Newton residents

by Richard B. Primack

Many Newton residents care deeply about Webster Woods and are working to protect the area after its sale to Boston College.

We value the woods for lots of reasons: some for the lovely walks or jogs, some for bird watching or nature photography, others for rock climbing, and nearly all for the relaxation that comes with spending time in Newton's largest open space. In addition to these benefits,



West Nile Virus

As of August 18, the risk of West Nile Virus in Newton was considered to be "moderate." The Mass Department of Public Health posts current results for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis on this website. More info about West Nile and Zika viruses.


Conservation News

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.

Upper Falls Greenway nears completion

After the failure of the orginal contractor to complete the work on the Greenway, the City of Newton has stepped in to finish the job.

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

Black Swallow-Wort: Unwanted in Newton

The invasive Black Swallow-Wort is spreading in Newton.


Waban Hill Reservoir

The city of Newton has purchased this reservoir from the MWRA. Newton Conservators holds the conservation restriction on the property.


News archive


Swan on the Charles


New on the Website

E-Bulletin August 19, 2016

Summer 2016 Newsletter

Nesting Birds

President's Message

Annual Meeting and Awards

West Nile and Zika

President's Reflections

June Doin'

Herrick Green

2016 Dinner and Awards

Walks Along the Aqueducts

New photos, descriptions, maps, and shorter routes.

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Woodcock Meadow

President's Message

Walk Schedule

Invasive Pull Schedule

Hand Tools for Invasive Removal

Annual Meeting

June Doin'


Nahanton Park Beekeeping


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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