Annual Nature Calendar

To learn more about the changing seasons in Newton’s parks and conservation areas, please buy a copy of the Newton Conservators Almanac.


December Join the Audubon Christmas bird count

January Buy a share of farm vegetables from the Newton Community Farm CSA

January Get outside at Winter Trails Day at Weston Ski Track

February Great Backyard Bird Count

February 28 Deadline to apply for a Conservators grant

depends on weather Ice skate at Auburndale Cove (call hotline at 617-796-1536)

depends on weather Ski at Martin Golf Course, on the Aqueducts, or at Commonwealth Golf Course

March Watch the American Woodcock’s mating display at Woodcock Meadow in Nahanton Park.


varies Conservators spring lecture

March and April Observe vernal pools at Dolan Pond

Spring Rent a community garden plot at Nahanton Park

April Participate in the Charles River Cleanup

April or May Help clean a park on NewtonServes day

April 1 to Nov Canoe the Lakes District of the Charles from Norumbega Park or canoe south between Cutler Park and Millenium Park from the rental facility in Nahanton Park

late April Run of the Charles canoe race

late April Newton Community Farm stand opens

April through June Join the Conservators for a guided walk

April Hemlock Gorge spring cleanup

May Come to the Conservators annual dinner

May Newton Cemetery tours begin

May Join the Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon bird count

May Join the Cornell Bird Lab eBird Global Big Day

May Clean up a state park on Park Serve Day

May 15 to June 15 Watch migrating herring at Watertown Dam

late May See Rhododendrons in bloom in Ordway Park and Houghton Garden

June Improve a park on National Trails Day

June Beautify the Charles during National River Cleanup


early June to mid-August Swim at Crystal Lake

June through Oct Shop at the Newton Community Farm stand

July Look for Eastern Bluebirds nesting in the boxes in the upper gardens at Nahanton Park.

July through Oct Shop at the Farmers Market at Cold Spring Park

June through August Help remove invasive plants from the Charles River.

mid-Aug 15 to mid-Sept Observe the nighthawk migration at Nahanton Park


September Watch migrating birds at Cutler Park

September Sign up for fall programs at Newton Community Farm

September Newton Community Farm Fall Festival

September Bullough’s Pond Fair

early fall Conservators fall lecture

Sept through Nov Join us for a guided walk

late September Help improve a park on National Public Lands Day

October Crystal Lake Conservancy Paddles & Pumpkins event

October Hemlock Gorge fall cleanup

October 31 Deadline to apply for a Conservators grant

late fall See fall visitors to our rivers and ponds: