Newton Conservators logo summer photo
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
Remove invasive plants from the Charles River until August 5
Dinner on the Farm on July 10
Historic Newton walk in Newton Cemetery on July 30
All summer:
Shop at the Community Farm Stand
Swim at Crystal Lake
Shop at the Farmers Market at Cold Spring Park each Tuesday beginning July 11
Summer events and photos
Summer on the Charles
Help Wanted
Our organization is run entirely by volunteers. We're looking for someone to fill this ongoing position:
  • Walks Coordinator: Assemble the popular walks that take place every fall and spring.

It's time to update the Conservators Trail Guide. We're looking for two volunteers for this limited-time project:

  • Trail guide designer
  • Trail guide production person
If you're interested in learning more about any of these tasks, please email us.

Conservation News

Save Webster Woods

In June 2017, the Friends of Webster Woods wrote a letter to the candidates for mayor asking them to pledge to take specific steps to preserve Webster Woods.

The science of Webster Woods

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.

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

Photos by Jonathan Elcock

E-Bulletin June 16, 2017

Summer 2017 Newsletter

Watertown Dam

Upper Falls Greenway

Environmental Science Program

Habitat Network

Leaf Blowers

Energy Efficiency

President's Report

Harbor Islands


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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PO Box 590011
Newton Centre, MA 02459


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