Newton Conservators logo fall photo of Sawmill Brook
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.
Save Webster Woods
  Upcoming Events
Join the Audubon Christmas Bird Count starting Dec 14
Join the Great Backyard Bird Count starting Feb 16
Apply for a Conservators Grant by Feb 28
Winter events and photos
Help Wanted
  Our organization is run entirely by volunteers. We're looking for people to fill these positions:  
  • Membership Coordinator:
    Manage membership database, send out acknowledgements, oversee annual renewals
  • Walks Coordinator: Assemble the popular walks that take place every fall and spring.
  • a Project Director and a Designer for the Conservators Trail Guide
      Contact us to learn more.  
    Our letter to the candidates for mayor. As a tax-exempt organization, the Newton Conservators does not endorse candidates for office.
    A presentation about our position

    The reply to our letter from Ruthanne Fuller, who was elected mayor on November 7th

    The Conservators Board has also endorsed this letter to the candidates from the Friends of Webster Woods.

    More information about saving the woods

    Bare Pond in the evening. Light from the MASCO parking lot illuminates the trees at rear.

    Conservation News

    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.





    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

    E-Bulletin November 8, 2017

    Nahanton Park photos

    Fall 2017 Newsletter

    Lost Wetlands and Buried Brooks

    President's Message

    Dolan Pond

    Along the Greenway

    Risky Lives of Birds

    Book Review: Half-Earth

    Fall Walks

    Identify This Place Contests

    Dogs in Newton Parks and Conservation Areas

    Photos by Jonathan Elcock

    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.


    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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    PO Box 590011
    Newton Centre, MA 02459


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