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
Mayoral candidates' forum on the environment on October 21
Apply for a Conservators Grant by Oct 31
Submit your photo to our Identify This Place contest by Oct 31
Shop at the Community Farm Stand
Shop at the Farmers Market at Cold Spring Park each Tuesday
Fall 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
    A presentation about our position
    A document with all of the candidate replies we received. As a tax-exempt organization, the Newton Conservators does not endorse candidates for office.

    The replies of the two candidates who will be on the November 7th ballot:

    Ruthanne Fuller


    Scott Lennon
    The deadline to register to vote in the November 7th election is Wednesday, October 18, at 8:00 pm. You can register online or at City Hall.
    The Conservators Board has also endorsed this letter to the candidates from the Friends of Webster Woods.

    The science 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

    West Nile Virus

    As of Sept. 11th, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has set the West Nile Virus "risk category" for Newton at 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

    News archive


    Swan on the Charles


    New on the Website

    E-Bulletin October 17, 2017

    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

    Dogs in Newton Parks and Conservation Areas

    Identify This Place Contest

    Submit a photo you took from a high vantage point above the Charles River. The best photo will win a free one-year membership.

    A good day's "catch" on Crystal Lake

    Photos by Jonathan Elcock

    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)

    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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