Feature Articles


 

Mending a Gap in the Riverside Greenway

The Riverside Greenway is a planned walking route connecting Auburndale Park at Commonwealth Avenue to the Lower Falls Pedestrian Bridge over the Charles River.  The Greenway is a link in

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Hammond Pond Parkway Reconstruction Begins

December 2023 updates: DCR Begins Construction to Improve Access and Safety for Cyclists and Pedestrians, Increase Connections to Open Space on Hammond Pond Parkway (DCR press release) Work begins on

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Levingston Cove Reconstruction Completed

Levingston Cove is a portion of the Crystal Lake shoreline to the west of the bathhouse. It includes benches, a platform used for fishing, and an unofficial swimming area.  In

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Conservation News



Enrolling now for Newton Community Farm’s 2024 Summer CSA Program!

Applications are now being accepted for Newton Community Farm’s 2024 Summer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program!   Eat fresh, locally-grown produce from June through October for a cost per share of

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Wayfinding Signs in Cold Spring Park

In September 2023, nine wayfinding posts were installed on the trails of Cold Spring Park. The project, led by Life Scout Owen Serra, was sponsored by Scouts BSA Troop 209,

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Planning for the Newton/Needham Community Way

The Upper Falls Greenway converted an abandoned railroad route into a pedestrian and bicycle path from Newton Highlands to the Charles River. The Town of Needham and the City of

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Deer Park Trails Open in Webster Woods

The former “Deer Park” in Webster Conservation Area is now open to the public.  A half-mile trail loops around the property.  Access points are on Hammond Pond Parkway (just north

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Upcoming Events

Creating Landscapes for Bird Diversity

Creating Landscapes for Bird Diversity

Thursday, 03/14/2024    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Our landscapes have a tremendous impact on bird diversity, and with so many native bird populations in steep decline, understanding their needs is more important [...]
Introduction to Orienteering Clinics

Introduction to Orienteering Clinics

Saturday, 04/06/2024    
10:00 am - 12:15 pm
$0.00
Join Newton Conservators and the Newton Parks. Recreation, & Culture Department for a free "Introduction to Orienteering Clinic."  What is orienteering?  It’s like a hike [...]
Coexisting with Coyotes in Suburban Communities

Coexisting with Coyotes in Suburban Communities

Thursday, 04/11/2024    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Eastern coyotes are found in nearly every town and city in Massachusetts, and they can thrive close to humans in a variety of habitats. Join [...]
Charles River Cleanup

Charles River Cleanup

Saturday, 04/20/2024    
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Help volunteers organized by the Charles River Watershed Association clean up the Charles River on Earth Day.  Clean-up work will be done at multiple locations [...]
Newton Aqueducts Hike

Newton Aqueducts Hike

Sunday, 04/21/2024    
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Join a five-mile hike through woods, meadows, and fields along the Newton sections of the Sudbury and Cochituate aqueducts.  This is a steady but not [...]
Vernal Pool BioBlitz

Vernal Pool BioBlitz

Sunday, 04/21/2024    
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Vernal pools are small wetlands that are important habitats for a great diversity of amphibians, aquatic insects, and other invertebrates. Join us as we explore [...]
Hemlock Gorge Spring Cleanup

Hemlock Gorge Spring Cleanup

Saturday, 04/27/2024    
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Help clean up Hemlock Gorge during the Friends of Hemlock Gorge Annual Spring Cleanup.
Spring Birding at Cold Spring Park

Spring Birding at Cold Spring Park

Saturday, 05/04/2024    
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Participants will meet near the turnaround at the end of the left side of the Beacon Street parking area. This is an easy walk on [...]

Newton Conservators Publications

Newsletters

The Newton Conservators publish a newsletter approximately four times a year. Click to view back issues.

E-Bulletins

Information on nature and environmental events, exhibits, and issues in and around Newton by email.

Trail Guide Book

A 70-page guide containing detailed trail maps and other information about 34 parks and conservation areas in Newton.

Almanac

Spend 12 months getting to know Newton’s parks and conservation areas with your copy of the Newton Conservators Almanac.