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Annual Nature Calendar

For more information about the changing seasons in Newton's parks and conservation areas, buy a copy of the Newton Conservators Almanac . (view excerpts here)

 

 

   

Winter

 
   
December Join the Christmas bird count
   
January Get outside on Winter Trails Day
   
January Buy a share of farm vegetables and herbs from the Newton Community Farm CSA
   
February Great Backyard Bird Count
   
February 28 Deadline to apply for a Conservators grant
   
depends on weather Ice skate at Auburndale Cove (call hotline at 617-796-1536)
   
depends on weather Ski at Martin Golf Course, on the Aqueducts, or at Commonwealth Golf Course
   
March Watch the American Woodcock's mating display at Nahanton Park. See page 17 of the Almanac for details.
   
all winter Enjoy the season

 

Spring

   
varies Conservators spring lecture
   
March and April Observe vernal pools at Dolan Pond
   
Spring Rent a community garden plot at
Nahanton Park
   
April Participate in the Charles River Cleanup
   
April or May Help clean a park on NewtonServes day
   
April 1 to Nov Canoe the Lakes District of the Charles from Norumbega Park or canoe south between Cutler Park and Millenium Park from the rental facility in Nahanton Park
   
April Help improve a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary on Statewide Volunteer Day
   
late April Run of the Charles canoe race
   
late April Newton Community Farm stand opens
   
April through June Join the Conservators for a guided walk
   
April Hemlock Gorge spring cleanup
   
May Come to the Conservators annual dinner
   
May Newton Cemetery tours begin
   
May Join the Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon bird count
   
May Clean up a state park on Park Serve Day
   
May 15 to June 15 Watch migrating herring at Watertown Dam
   
late May See Rhododendrons in bloom in Ordway Park and Houghton Garden
   
June Help improve Cutler Park on National Trails Day
   
June Beautify the Charles during National River Cleanup
   
all spring Enjoy the season

 

Summer

   
early June to
mid-August
Swim at Crystal Lake
   
June through Oct Shop at the Newton Community Farm stand
   
July Look for Eastern Bluebirds nesting in the boxes in the upper gardens at Nahanton Park. See page 45 of the Almanac for details.
   
July through Oct Shop at the Farmers Market at Cold Spring Park
   
June through August Help remove invasive plants from the Charles River.
   
mid-Aug 15 to
mid-Sept
Observe the nighthawk migration at Nahanton Park
   
all summer Enjoy the season

 

Fall

   
September Watch migrating birds at Cutler Park
   
September Sign up for fall programs at Newton Community Farm
   
September Newton Community Farm Fall Festival
   
September Bullough's Pond Fair
   

early fall

Conservators fall lecture
   
Sept through Nov Join us for a guided walk
   
late September Help improve a park on
National Public Lands Day
   
October Crystal Lake Conservancy Paddles & Pumpkins event
   
October Hemlock Gorge fall cleanup
   
October Coastsweep day
   
October 31 Deadline to apply for a Conservators grant
   
late fall See fall visitors to our rivers and ponds
   
December Join the Audubon Christmas bird count
   
all fall Enjoy the season

 

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