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Guided Walks - Fall 2005

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.

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Angino Farm: Newton's Agricultural History

The Newton History Museum with the Newton Conservators will sponsor an afternoon program on Newton’s agricultural history and Angino Farm. The goal of this program is to provide the community with a historical context for the development of Angino Farm. Speakers will include: Sue Avery—Farms & Farmers in Oak Hill (South Newton) from the 1700s to the 1950s, Ted Chapman —The Changing Landscape of Angino Farm from the 1800s to the 1990s, and Leah Birch Postman—Remembering Angino Farm, Imagining Newton Community Farm. The program will conclude with a group conversation—Future Farm Program Brain-storming: History, Ecology, Economics & Education.

To register, contact the Newton History Museum (617-796-1450).


Canoe Trip in the Charles River Lake District

This trip is a leisurely paddle that explores the Lake District from the DCR boat house to the Waltham Watch Factory. Bring a lunch for a stop and binoculars if you'd like. We leave from the canoe landing at the Charles River Canoe Service on Commonwealth Avenue (follow the signs to park across the river at the duck feeding area).

If you would like to join the trip call trip leaders Bill and Dottie Hagar (964-2644).

This outing includes the water areas of Walk 1 and Walk 2 in the Conservators "Walking Trails" guide.


Early Morning Bird Walk at Nahanton Park

The mix of woodlands, wetlands and meadows along the Charles River make Nahanton Park a wonderful place for watching the fall bird migration. While most birds will have gone south the area is still rich in ducks and late migrating birds. Enter the park at the Nahanton Street entrance next to the river and meet at the Nature Center. Parking available inside the park.

Trip leader is Modestino Criscitiello (244-6397), an experienced birder from Friends of Nahanton Park .


Biking Tour of the Aqueduct Trail

For the past several years, we have conducted a very popular bike tour along the Aqueduct Trail through Newton , Needham and Wellesley . The trip is a 1½ to 2 hour tour and, while mostly leisurely, it is sometimes strenuous. The tour is for ages 12 and up. Children must have an adult and all riders must wear helmets and use bikes that are able to travel off road. The tour runs through established paths, pinewoods, meadows and hills. You will travel behind backyards and riders should be respectful of the privacy of homeowners. Meet in front of the Starbucks near the Waban MBTA Station.

Call Henry Finch (617-964-4488). Riders may be limited depending upon response and interest.

This outing includes part of Walk 27 in the Conservators "Walking Trails" guide. See also our page, A Loop Along the Aqueducts.

Walking Tour of the Aqueduct Trail

If hiking is more your speed, Henry Finch will lead a walking tour of parts of the Sudbury and Cochituate Aqueducts that go through Newton . This walk introduces residents to this wonderful resource. As with the biking tour, you will travel near backyards and we ask that you respect the privacy of homeowners. Meet in front of the Starbucks near the Waban MBTA Station.

Call Henry Finch (617-964-4488).

This outing includes part of Walk 27 in the Conservators "Walking Trails" guide. See also our page, A Loop Along the Aqueducts.


A Walk Through Kennard Park

The Kennard Park is a 32-acre park and post-agricultural forest. This property was a farm until the19th century, after which it became a gentleman’s estate. It is now part of Newton’s park and conservations lands. The area offers the walker a rich variety of forest, gardens, lawn and wetlands. The South Meadow Brook has mixed and conifer woodlands, colonial stonewalls, a red maple swamp with century-old trees and a sensitive fern marsh.

Trip leader is Larry Burdick (617-584-4633).



Weather: When in doubt check with the group leader.

Upcoming trips: Sign up for our monthly email newsletter to be informed when the next walk schedule is posted. The newsletter also will tell you about other Newton conservation news.

Prior walks:

Fall 2003
Spring 2004
Fall 2004

Spring 2005

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