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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.

Webster Woods Threatened

  Upcoming Events
Join us on a walk:

--Charles River path on Oct 17
--geology on Oct 24

Show your support for the completion of the Upper Falls Greenway at a meeting on Oct 15
Apply for a Conservators grant by Oct 31
Sign up by Oct 31 for a Late Fall Produce Share at Newton Community Farm
Hemlock Gorge fall cleanup on Nov 7
Buy locally grown produce at Newton Community Farm through Nov 21
Join the Audubon
Christmas Bird Count
Fall events and photos

Congregation Mishkan Tefila owns 22 acres of land, mostly woodland, that is surrounded by the publicly owned Webster Conservation Area and Hammond Pond Reservation. Mishkan Tefila is reportedly close to an agreement to sell the land 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 Board of Aldermen to urge them to support action by the city to protect the woods.

Protect Our Herons

Herons live along the shore of many ponds, lakes, and rivers in Newton and nearby communities.

On August 19th, this Great Blue Heron was killed by off-leash dogs at Arnold Arboretum in Boston.

Conservation News

It's Mosquito Season

As of September 29th, mosquitos carrying West Nile Virus have been found in Newton and several nearby communities, causing the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to set the risk level in Newton at "Moderate." In Boston, the risk level is "High." Click on the map for updated information.


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.


Upper Falls Greenway Construction Delays


DEP Approves Hammond Pond Floating Walkway


New Bridges and Trails in Riverside Park


Digital Park Signs Installed in Three Conservation Areas



News archive


Swan on the Charles


New on the Website

Fall 2015 Newsletter

Conservation Begins at Home

President's Message

Thank the Ferns


Walk Schedule



E-Bulletin August 22, 2015


Nahanton Park: June Doin'


Nahanton Park Beekeeping


A Walk Along the Charles

On June 14th, Jerry Reilly led a large group on a walk along the Charles in the Riverside Park area. The walk was jointly sponsored by Historic Newton and the Newton Conservators.


Green Invaders Brochure

Conservators member Agnes Olshansky has created a helpful two-page printable brochure with photos and information about controlling invasive plants in our parks, conservation areas, and back yards.


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.


Conservators 2015 Annual Dinner

Awards Presented

President's Remarks


Land we protect through conservation restrictions


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

Newton park and conservation area map

Canoe and kayak launching sites in Newton


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PO Box 590011
Newton Centre, MA 02459


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