Fall Walks in Webster Woods

To help Newton residents learn more about this natural treasure, we sponsored three walks in Webster Woods in October and November, 2019.

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has proposed that the City acquire 17.4 acres of Webster Woods that are now owned by Boston College.  A public hearing on the proposal was held on November 6th.  Newton Conservators strongly supports this proposal.

Preparing for the Winter in Webster Woods

Autumn is upon us and the great bird and monarch butterfly migrations are in full wing, but most living things in our local forests and wetlands stay right here in Newton throughout the winter months.  Join a Newton Conservators outing in Webster Woods and learn how salamanders and other local amphibians plus turtles, butterflies, tiny kinglet birds, bees, wasps, and many other creatures prepare for and survive a New England winter.

Tour leader was Eric Olson, a senior lecturer at Brandeis University, who has a PhD in evolutionary biology and ecology.

Photos by Ken and Margaret Mallory

Autumn Comes to Webster Woods


Autumn is time for fall foliage in New England. Learn why leaves change color and drop off in October, and how climate change is altering the season. We might even see beautiful witch hazel flowers, the last plant to flower. We will also discuss past land use, and current efforts to protect Webster Woods.

Tour leader was Richard Primack, Botany Professor at BU

The science of Webster Woods, by Richard Primack

Webster Woods Trail System

This walk was led by Dan Brody, who is a member of the Newton Community Preservation Committee and a Newton Conservators director.  It explored the trail system in the portion of Webster Woods now owned by Boston College, and in the adjacent conservation land owned by the City of Newton and by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Photos by Ken and Margaret Mallory