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Guided Walks - Fall 2010

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.

Please note that walks meet at different times. Some trips are weather-dependent. Contact the trip leader if in doubt.

printable list of all walks


Sunday, September 19, 2010
10am

 
 
photo by Dan Brody

Canoe Trip at Nahanton Park with Bill Hagar

Co-sponsored with Friends of Nahanton Park

Join us for a canoe trip from Charles River Canoe & Kayak's newest location in Nahanton Park, on a 15-mile stretch of the Charles. Paddlers can enjoy 13 miles of calm water from upstream of Dedham Ave. in Needham to Silk Mill Dam at Newton Upper Falls. Almost all the shoreline is forest or marsh, and much of it is protected parkland. If you have your own canoe or kayak you can put it in the water from this parking lot. Snacks are recommended to bring along. Dress appropriately. A hat, sunscreen, and drinks are recommended to bring along. Thunderstorms will cancel the trip. Newton Conservators members get a 10% discount on canoe & kayak rentals.

Meet at the Nahanton Street entrance next to the river.

Trip leader: Bill Hagar (617-964-2644)

 

Sunday, September 26, 2010
10:30am

 
 
photo by Dan Brody

The Natural Communities of Nahanton Park

Co-sponsored with Friends of Nahanton Park

From open fields and brushlands to floodplain forest and vernal pools, Nahanton Park provides a diversity of habitats for plants and animals. During this walk, we will explore the plant communities of Nahanton Park and discuss the habitat values of each plant community. We may go off trail and run at least some risk of getting our feet wet, so please dress appropriately. Heavy rain will cancel the walk. To check on status, call trip leader.

Meet at the lower end of the parking lot off Winchester Street.

Trip leader: Jon Regosin (617-244-0736)

 

 
 
photo by Richard Danca

Bird Walk at Nahanton Park

Co-sponsored with Friends of Nahanton Park

Nahanton Park offers a mix of woodlands, wetlands, edge habitat, and meadows along the Charles River, making it one of the best birding spots in Newton for fall migrants as well as resident species. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginners as well as experienced birders are welcome. Boots are recommended. Walk will be cancelled in steady rain.

Meet at the Nahanton Street entrance next to the river. Parking is available inside the park.

Trip Leader: Pete Gilmore (617-969-1513)

 

 
 
photo by Dan Brody

Webster Woods Walk

Webster Conservation Area is a jewel of open space in Newton. There are over five miles of well worn paths throughout this urban forest. This area was once an open field used for raising sheep and farming. (You can still find the remnants of stone walls.) You and your children can enjoy both the acres of woodland and rock formations of many types – including caves and Cake Rock, a formation of rock of over 15 feet high used for practicing rock climbing. You can also visit Bare Pond – a vernal pond which in the spring has tadpoles and salamanders but is now dry.

In 1862, the Atlantic Monthly published an essay entitled “Walking,” written by Henry David Thoreau. The first few sentences of this essay could be used as an introduction to join this walk. “I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil – to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society…. I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of walking, that is, of taking walks – who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering”.

Join us in practicing Thoreau’s art of such sauntering.

Meet at the end of Warren Street, where there is parking for 5-8 cars. Additional street parking is available. The meeting place is a 10-minute walk from the Newton Center T station.

Trip Leader: Octo Barnett (617-969-6988)

 

 
 
photo by Dan Brody

Bird Walk at Nahanton Park

Co-sponsored with Friends of Nahanton Park

See above description of Nahanton Park bird walk. This is a follow-up to the previous week's walk. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginners as well as experienced birders are welcome. Boots are recommended. Walk will be cancelled in steady rain.

Meet at the Nahanton Street entrance next to the river. Parking is available inside the park.

Trip Leaders: Alison Leary (617-821-5619) and Haynes Miller

 

 

 
 
photo by Henry Finch

Aqueducts Bike Ride

This very popular bike tour follows 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 be accompanied by 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.

Trip leader: Henry Finch (617-964-4488)

 

 
 
photo by Dan Brody

Aqueducts Hike

This is a very popular four-to-six-mile hike through woods, meadows, and fields along the Newton sections of the Sudbury and Cochituate Aqueducts. Parts of the paths traverse close to backyards, so hikers do need to be respectful of private property. This is a steady but not fast hike. Participants should be in sufficiently good shape to keep up with the group. (There are cutoffs for those who wish to shorten the hike.)

Meet in front of the Starbucks near the Waban MBTA Station.

Trip leader: Henry Finch (617-964-4488)

 

 

More listings of upcoming local walks and programs:

Appalachian Mountain Club

Mass Audubon Society

Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation

Organization for the Assabet River

Sierra Club Massachusetts Chapter

Sudbury Valley Trustees

Trustees of Reservations

Walden Woods Project

Wellesley Conservation Council bird walks

Weston Forest and Trail Association

 

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. If you are interested in leading a walk, please contact the walks coordinator.

Prior walks:

2003   Fall
2004 Spring Fall
2005 Spring Fall
2006 Spring Fall
2007 Spring Fall
2008 Spring Fall
2009 Spring Fall
2010 Spring  

 

 
     

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