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Guided Walks - Fall 2007

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.


Ferns by the Blue Heron Trail

There is a lush conservation area south of Nahanton Park. We will follow a loop trail, and you can learn to identify about a dozen common ferns. We will see a large patch of wild Ostrich Fern and a horsetail. Wear long pants and sensible shoes.


Meet at the parking lot right off Nahanton Rd. just before (east of) the bridge over the Charles River. Led by Don Lubin, 617-208-8689.


Charles River Lakes District Canoe Trip

This trip is a leisurely paddle that explores the Charles River Lake District. Starting at Charles River Canoe Service, off Commonwealth Avenue, you will pass along the DCR duck feeding area and park land and go though the narrow channel at Norumbega Park. The trip continues to the Lake district, including Fox Island, the views of the Islington Peninsula and Mount Feake Cemetery and views of the Waltham Watch factory. This lake is well populated with ducks, geese, blue herons and the occasional hawk and egrets. Using portable field microscopes, you will also look at the small creatures that inhabit the waters. Bring a lunch for a stop and binoculars if you'd like.

If you would like to join the trip, need a canoe, or could loan a canoe, email the trip leader, William Hagar or call 617-964-2644.


Kennard Park

A 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 58-acre 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 throughout, a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and ferns.

Meet at the main entrance, 246 Dudley Road. Trip leader Larry Burdick, 617-584-4633.


Norumbega Park, Islington Road Oval, and DCR Park

You will explore the trail system that goes through the remains of Norumbega Park, a 13-acre park that was rescued from development when the privately-owned Norumbega Park closed. You will see a meadow, steep pines and a hemlock grove that opens to a wonderful view of the Charles River as well as the little-known DCR park that is hidden behind the Marriott hotel.

Meet at the Norumbega Park entrance, near the remains of the sunken garden that is located at the Marriott-Norumbega boundary line on Commonwealth Avenue. Leader: Jane E. Sender, 617-244-5681.


Biking Tour of the Aqueduct Trail Through Newton, Needham, and Wellesley

For the past several years we have conducted a very popular bike tour on the Aqueduct Trail through Newton, Needham and Wellesley. 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 near backyards, and riders should be respectful of the privacy of homeowners.

Meet in front of the Starbucks near the Waban MBTA Station. Riders may be limited depending upon response and interest. Leader: Henry Finch, 617-964-4488.


Charles River Bike Trip

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 St., Watertown, adjacent to the Sasaki Landscape Office sign and meet at the stone pillars on Galen Street. Trip leader Peter Kastner, 617-244-6094.



Weather: When in doubt check with the group leader.

Upcoming trips: Sign up for our 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
Fall 2005
Spring 2006
Fall 2006
Spring 2007

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