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Guided Walks: Fall 2003
Each Spring and Fall, the Newton Conservators
organizes a series of walks to local open space areas. These walks
are led by knowlegeable leaders and are open to the public. They
normally last for an hour or two. Some events are for bicycle or
canoe. These walks are a great way to get to know open space areas
in Newton. Below is the current walk schedule.
If you have questions about a walk or are interested
in leading such a walk in an area that you know, please contact
the walks coordinator.
Walk 18 in
Walk along the trails of the Kennard properties,
where a 32-acre post-agricultural forest has grown up on 19th century
farmland that became an early 20th century gentleman's estate and
finally a Newton park, adjacent to Brookline's Lost Pond properties.
Explore South Meadow Brook, the mixed and conifer woodlands with
colonial stone walls, a red maple swamp with century-old trees,
and a sensitive fern marsh. Meet at the main entrance, 246
Trip leader Larry Burdick: 617-584-4633
Park - Fall Bird Migration
Walk 22 in
The mix of woodlands, wetlands and meadows adjacent
to the Charles River makes Nahanton a wonderful place to seen the
fall bird migration. Enter the park at the Winchester Street entrance
in order to reach the upper parking area located a short way down
the road on the left opposite an open field. This entrance is off
Winchester Street between the Charles River Country Club golf course
and the Jewish Community Center. Please gather at the upper parking
area at 8:00 a.m. Call Cris Criscitiello, an experienced birder.
(phone - 617-244-6397) Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginners
as well as established enthusiasts are welcome!
Forte property and Dolan Pond Conservation Area
Walk 4 in
The Dolan Pond Conservation Area will be improved
due to additional CPA funds that have secured the adjacent Forte
property. This area has just been renovated under a federally funded
Community Development Block Grant with new nature overlooks, steps,
information kiosks, handicapped parking, accessible stabilized soil
pathways and even a boardwalk through this wetland habitat. While
only eight acres in size, it contains four vernal pools and a great
diversity of plant, animal, and bird life. Join Ted Kuklinski to
see this wonderful area and how the recent CPA funding will be used
to improve this conservation area and add needed housing. The walk
starts at the Webster
Park entrance. The street called Webster Park is off Webster
Street, three blocks west of Cherry Street in West Newton. Wheelchairs
Ted Kuklinski (firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dolanpond.org).
Walk 8 in
Created in the 19th century naturalistic style
pioneered by Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Newton Cemetery is
beautifully landscaped and is a wonderful open space treasure. Call
Peter Kastner (244-6094) for information about the walk to view
the variety of specimen trees that have been planted there. Meet
by the administrative building just inside the main
entrance on Walnut Street.
Woods- Impact of new CPA funding
Walk 20 in
Explore the impact that recent CPA funding to
acquire the NSTAR land for open space and housing will have upon
the Kesseler trail and Sawmill Brook area. Explore how this new
plan will be integrated into the existing trails, wooded upland
and wetland areas. The woods are an excellent area for bird watching,
nature studies and have dramatic puddingstone and rock outcropping.
Call John Regosin, 244-0736, for information.
He led a similar walk last spring when plans were being developed
to save the NSTAR area. This time he will review with you the impact
the city's successful bid will have upon this area. Meet at the
Mill Brook parking area at the corner of Vine Street and Wayne