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Guided Walks - Spring 2004

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.

Mother's Day Bird Walk--Nahanton Park

Walk 22 in Conservators Guide

Woodlands, wetlands and meadows make this a wonderful place for spring birding. This is an annual event of the Newton Conservators as is always well received. This is a great program for a newer birder that wants an introduction as well as a good program for experienced birders. Meet at the park's Nature Center. Enter the park at the Nahanton St. entrance nearest the river. Parking in the park. Call Cris Criscitiello 244-6397

Walk 27 in Conservators Guide

Sudbury and Cochituate Aqueduct Bike Tour

We are repeating this popular trip. You will explore with the group leader Henry Finch (617-964-4488) the Sudbury and Cochituate Aqueduct trails and plant life. The tour travels though parts of Newton, Needham and Wellesley. The tour runs behind backyards and through established paths and goes through rarely visited pinewoods, meadows and hills. This is an off-road tour and will be leisurely but sometimes strenuous. Riders are required to wear helmets and use bikes able to travel off-road. This refreshing and social 1 1/2 to 2 hour ride is recommended for ages 12 and up, and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. The aim is to have a good time, not the fastest time. The tour will go on if there is a light rain, so a waterproof windbreaker is recommended. In the event of more extreme weather call the leader.

Meet at the Starbucks in Waban Center at 2:00 PM.


Bicycle Trip Downstream along the Charles River Pathway

A low energy tour de force will head downstream toward the Museum of Science along the Charles River Pathway. Bring snacks for the rest stop at the Hatch Shell. Helmets are required. Meet at the MDC ice rink on Charlesbank and Nonantum Roads. Call ahead in the event of poor weather. Adequate parking is available at the start point. Call Peter Kastner (617-244-6094).


Kesseler Woods - Update Tour

This is a follow up walk to our fall walk though the Kesseler Woods when we explored possible uses of the NSTAR land. Since that time, plans for open space preservation have moved ahead, and CPA Committee member Doug Dickson will review the current plans for this land and how these plans will preserve open space and provide housing. You will see how these new plans will be integrated into the existing trails, wooded areas and wetland areas. This will be a last chance to see parts of this area before development starts. Meet at the Vine Street Entrance.


Charles River Lakes District Canoe Trip

The canoe trip through the Charles River Lakes District, a mixture of residential, commercial and wetlands, starts from the Charles River Canoe Service on Commonwealth Avenue. The trip goes past Norumbega Park, Fox Island, Auburndale Park, Weirs Cove, the Waltham Watch building, Mount Feake Cemetery, Purgatory Cove and stops (we trust) just short of the Moody Street dam. The river and surrounding wetlands are well populated with ducks, geese, blue herons and the occasional hawk or egret, so you might want to bring your binoculars. Park opposite the canoe service.  Rental canoes and kayaks are available or bring you own (and required life jackets) and put in from the parking lot.  The trip leader is Bill Hagar (617-964-2644).


Walk 3 in Conservators Guide

MDC Charles River Pathway (Watertown/Newton)

In the cool of the late afternoon, alewives migrate up and over the Watertown Dam, pursued by stalking night herons. We will go along the Watertown section of the new Charles River Pathway to Bridge Street. From there we will view the progress on the new “missing link” section of the pathway up to Cheesecake Brook and the new footbridge across the Charles.  We will return to the start via the Newton side.  The trip distance is approximately 3 miles.  Park at the public parking lot off Pleasant St., Watertown, adjacent to the Sasaki Landscape Office sign and meet at the stone pillars on Galen Street.  Bring binoculars if you have them. Trip leader is Ted Kuklinski (617-969-6222).


Lakes District Walk

Come on a walking tour of Ware's Cove--Waltham Watch Building--Mount Feake Cemetery--Brandeis--Duck Feeding Area--Charles River Canoe Service--Norumbega Park--Lyons Field. Meet at parking lot at Ware's Cove. The walk will last about 3 hourss. Wear comfortable walking shoes.  The leader is Peter Kastner, (617-244-6094). Call ahead in case of poor weather.



Weather: When in doubt check with the group leader.

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Prior walks:

Fall 2003
Spring 2004

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