Guided Walks - Spring 2005
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
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.
Nahanton Park Mother's Day Bird Walk
Early morning bird walk along our south-side waterfront park led by an experienced birdwatcher. This Mother's Day walk is an annual favorite for new and experienced birders alike, and provides an excellent opportunity to share knowledge about both spring migrants and local nesters in Nahanton Park. Already, Eastern Bluebirds are setting up house in nest boxes there.
For more information on what you might see on this walk, visit our Newton Bird List page.
Entering from the Winchester Street entrance, meet at the parking area across from the Nahanton community gardens. Bring binoculars if you have them, but they are not required. Leader- Haynes Miller (617-527-0918)
This outing includes part of Walk 22 in the Conservators "Walking Trails" guide.
Cutler/Millennium/Charles River Loop
Starting in Cutler Park in Needham, you will explore a six-mile, connecting series of green spaces culminating in Boston's new Millenium Park. The tour will include Brook Farm and the Helen Heyn Riverway. These areas have been improved over the past several years and now provide a wide variety of trails, river landings, and playing fields.
Meet at the Cutler Park entrance 1/4 mile south of the Charles River, on Kendrick Street in Needham. Henry Finch, Newton Conservators board member (617-964-4488), will be the group leader. This is a 2-2.5 hour walk and you should be in fair condition to keep up a steady, though not fast, pace. Hikers are advised to wear good walking or hiking shoes and bring water.
This outing includes parts of Walk 23, Walk 24, Walk 25, and Walk 26 in the Conservators "Walking Trails" guide.
Cutler Park Bird Walk
Our second spring bird walk will explore the 600-acre wetland known as Cutler Park. This vast wildlife area, just inside Route 128, is an exceptional bird habitat. Cutler Park sits right on Newton's border, and we are excited to introduce our members and friends to the great wetland trail system of this regional park.
Meet at the Cutler Park entrance 1/4 mile south of the Charles River, on Kendrick Street in Needham. Longtime birder Chris Criscitiello, Newton Conservators Board Member (617-244-6397), will lead the group.
This outing includes part of Walk 23 in the Conservators "Walking Trails" guide.
Newton/Wellesley/Needham Aqueduct Bike Ride
Join a 1.5 to 2 hour bike ride that explores opportunities to link trails that connect the aqueduct system in Newton, Wellesley, and Needham. The aqueducts have long served as a resource for walkers, and this ride will show that it provides a wonderful biking trail, as well. Of particular interest is how the various towns have chosen to mark and manage these linear open spaces.
This ride is recommended for ages 12 and up, and an adult must accompany all minors. The trip requires an off-road or hybrid bike (thin tires will not handle this terrain). Helmets are required for all riders
Meet at Starbucks in Waban Square. Henry Finch, Newton Conservators Board Member (617-964-4488), will lead.
This outing includes part of Walk 27 in the Conservators "Walking Trails" guide. See also our page, A Loop Along the Aqueducts.
Lake Area Canoe Trip on the Charles River
This trip is a leisurely paddle that explores the Charles River Lake District. Starting at Charles River Canoe Service, off Commonwealth Avenue in Auburndale (follow the signs to park across the river at the duck feeding area), you will pass along the MDC duck feeding area and park land and go though the narrow channel at Norubega Park. The trip continues to the Lake District, including Fox Island, views of the Islington Pensulia, Mount Feake Cemetery, and the Waltham watch factory. This lake is well-populated with ducks, geese, blue herons, and the occasional hawk and egret. You will also see small creatures that inhabit the waters, using portable field microscopes. Bring a lunch or snack and binoculars, if you'd like. Our leader, Bill Hagar, will bring along some of his graduate students from the University of Massachusetts and conduct a field study as part of this trip.
If you would like to join the trip, need a canoe, or could loan a canoe, call Bill or Dottie Hagar (617-964-2644).
This outing includes the water areas of Walk 1 and Walk 2 in the Conservators "Walking Trails" guide.
Nature and Photo Workshop along the Charles River
Jim Schpeiser, nature photographer, will lead a tour along the Watertown section of the new Charles River Pathway and back along the nearly completed Newton section. Jim will provide hands-on instruction in photographing the plants and wildlife along this 2-mile walk. Examples of Jim’s work can now be viewed at Café Nation in Brighton on Washington Street .
Park at the DCR parking lot off Pleasant Street in Watertown, adjacent to the Sasaki Landscape Office sign and meet at the stone pillars on Galen Street. For questions, contact group leader Jim Schpeiser at 617-938-4727.
This outing includes part of Walk 3 in the Conservators "Walking Trails" guide.
Charles River Pathway Bike Ride
A low energy tour de force will head downstream toward the Museum of Science along the Charles River Pathway. Peter Kastner will talk about the development of the Charles River Basin. No test will be given after the tour. Bring snacks for a rest at the Hatch Shell. Helmets are required.
Park at the DCR parking lot off Pleasant Street in Watertown, adjacent to the Sasaki Landscape Office sign and meet at the stone pillars on Galen Street. Call Peter Kastner (617-244-6094), Conservators board member.
This outing is not included in the Conservators "Walking Trails" guide.
Weather: When in doubt check with the group leader.
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monthly email newsletter to be informed when the next walk schedule is
posted. The newsletter also will tell you about other Newton conservation