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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston

by Lafe Low and Helen Weatherall

Includes several hikes in Newton park and conservation areas, including Houghton Garden and Hemlock Gorge.


A Season in Utopia

by Doris M. Curtis

A history of Brook Farm.



AMC’s Best Day Hikes Near Boston

by Michael Tougias, John S. Burk, and Alison O'Leary

Descriptions and maps of 50 day hikes in Eastern Massachusetts, mostly within I-495. (Most of the destinations are listed on this page.)


Bike Paths of Massachusetts

by Stuart A. Johnstone

Contains a description of the Charles River bike path from Waltham to Boston.


Birds of Massachusetts

by Richard R. Veit and Wayne R. Petersen; Drawings by Barry Van Dusen.

Detailed guide to birds in Massachusetts.


Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants

by Douglas Tallamy

Tallamy was the guest speaker at the 2012 Conservators annual dinner.


Brook Farm: The Dark Side of Utopia

by Sterling Delano

A recently published history of Brook Farm. Booklist called it “a compelling look at the history of progressive social movements in America and the failure of one of the best-known experiments.”


Conserving Earth’s Biodiversity CD-ROM

by Dan Perlman and E. O. Wilson

Dan Perlman, biologist and photographer, created this CD with Professor E.O. Wilson of Harvard University. The CD is ideal for older students and adult learners who wish togain a deeper appreciation for conservation biology and environmental science.

It is hailed by one by one scientist as “…a breakthrough in science teaching through interactive multimedia. The combination of E.O. Wilson’s on-screen narration, and Dan Perlman’s educational design and content make this production a must for science students and teachers.”

This CD-ROM was featured in the Fall 2001 lecture.


Echoes in Hemlock Gorge

by Douglas Worth

Poems by Douglas Worth

From the publisher:
This book of poetry ranges back through history to the 1600s and pleads with mankind to attend to the massive damage technological advancement is bringing to the biosphere. The poems warn that blindness to these changes, which wantonly destroy that understructure upon which life depends, will make the future of man a wasteland and a devastation. A single locale, Hemlock Gorge, a bypassed island of natural beauty immersed in the head-on rush of modern technological culture, is used to illustrate these dangers.


Exploring in and around Boston on Bike and Foot

by Lee Sinai and Joyce S. Sherr

Includes a 2-mile walk in Webster Conservation Area as well as a 17-mile bike ride in Newton and Brookline.


Exploring the Hidden Charles

by Michael Tougias

Provides information about canoeing the Charles River, and hiking and biking near its banks.