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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
Crystal Lake swimming is open through Aug 19
Outdoor sculptures on the Greenway through Sep 9
Cold Spring Park farmers market is open through Oct 23
Apply for a Conservators grant by Oct 31
Newton Community Farm stand is open through mid-November
Fall events and photos
Fall walks begin in September
Save Webster Woods
Photo: Kenneth Mallory
Help Wanted
We're looking for volunteers to fill these positions:
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Walks Coordinator
  • a Project Director and a Designer for the Conservators Trail Guide
  •   Contact us to learn more.

    Conservation News

    Mosquito Testing Underway

    Each summer, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health tests mosquitos, humans, and animals for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. As of August 10th, the risk in Newton was "MODERATE". Click on the map to see current results.

    Goats in the Old Deer Park

    Last fall, the Newton Conservation Commission brought 30 goats into the old deer park section of Webster Conservation area to nibble away at the underbrush. Learn more.

    Carlson Avenue Woods

    Mt. Ida College has sold 5 wooded acres of its campus to the Mormon church, which hopes to build a temple on the land. The college has also requested city approval of plans to subdivide another 6.5 acres for development of housing. Oak Hill Park neighbors are organizing to oppose the plans.

    Save Webster Woods

    Our efforts to save Webster Woods continued in 2017. We wrote a letter to the candidates for mayor and received this reply from Ruthanne Fuller. See January 2018 article.

    More information about saving the woods

    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. An article in the Winter 2018 newsletter gives more details about the area.

    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

    Sculpture Exhibit on the Greenway

    Sculptures are on view along the Upper Falls Greenway through September 9, 2018

    Summer 2018 Newsletter

    Building Resiliency into
    the Modern Landscape

    President's Message

    Bright Colors on Birds

    Annual Meeting

    Land Trust Coalition Conference

    How Large is a Vernal Pool

    Fall Walks Preview


    Identify This Place Contest Winners: Cold Spring Park

    Two readers identified this marsh in Cold Spring Park.


    E-Bulletin May 15, 2018


    2018 Annual Dinner

    Keynote Speaker

    President's Report



    Spring 2018 Newsletter

    Jolly's Hollow

    Annual Dinner

    Bird Duets

    Thoughts of a Conservators Intern




    Webster Woods photos by Anne Kane

    Identify This Place Contests

    Dogs in Newton Parks and Conservation Areas

    Photos by Jonathan Elcock

    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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    Newton Centre, MA 02459


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