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Newton Conservators is Newton's land trust, a non-profit citizens' group that advocates
for the protection of Newton's open space for wildlife and for the community.
Save Webster Woods
  Upcoming Events
Newton Community Farm Festival on Sep 24
Mayoral forum on environmental issues at Newton Free Library on Sep 28
Shop at the Community Farm Stand
Swim at Crystal Lake
Shop at the Farmers Market at Cold Spring Park each Tuesday
Apply for a Conservators Grant by Oct 31
Fall events and photos
Help Wanted
  Our organization is run entirely by volunteers. We're looking for people to fill these positions:  
  • Walks Coordinator: Assemble the popular walks that take place every fall and spring.
  • a Designer and a Production Director for the Conservators Trail Guide
      Contact us to learn more.  
    Our letter to the candidates for mayor
    A presentation about our position

    We'll post the candidates' replies here on August 21st:

    Al Cecchinelli Ruthanne Fuller Eli Katzoff


    Scott Lennon Amy Mah Sangiolo Richard Saunders


    Geoffrey Woodward    

    As a tax-exempt organization, the Newton Conservators does not endorse candidates for office.

    The Conservators Board has also endorsed this letter to the candidates from the Friends of Webster Woods

    The science of Webster Woods

    More information about saving the woods

    Bare Pond in the evening. Light from the MASCO parking lot illuminates the trees at rear.

    Conservation News

    West Nile Virus

    As of July 20th, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has raised the West Nile Virus "risk category" for Newton from Low to Moderate.

    Cold Spring Park Buckthorn Removal

    An invasive plant, Glossy Buckthorn, threatens the Red Maple forest in Cold Spring Park. A demonstration project to remove the Buckthorn is underway.

    New Signs in Conservation Areas

    The Conservators have partnered with the Newton Conservation Commission on the development of new "welcome signs" at the entrances to all conservation areas in Newton. Each sign includes a "QR code" that lets visitors with smartphones see maps and other information about the conservation area.

    Echo Bridge Railing Restoration Project

    An effort is underway to raise public and private funds to restore the historic railings on Echo Bridge. Temporary chain link fencing has been in place since 2008 as a safety measure.





    Global Climate Change Hits Home

    One of the hottest, driest summers ever took a toll on Newton's ponds, lakes, and streams.

    Upper Falls Greenway is Officially Open

    The Upper Falls Greenway was officially opened on September 15, 2016

    Herrick Green in Peril

    Andover Newton Theological School is selling its campus in Newton Centre. Efforts are underway to preserve Herrick Green, the central open space on the campus.

    Webster Woods Threatened

    In 2016, Congregation Mishkan Tefila sold 22 acres of land, mostly woodland, that is surrounded by the publicly owned Webster Conservation Area and Hammond Pond Reservation, to Boston College, whose development plans are unknown.

    The Newton Conservators Board of Directors supports action by the city to protect Webster Woods.

    Please contact Mayor Setti Warren and members of the City Council to urge them to support action by the city to protect the woods.

    Charles River Greenway link completed

    In December 2015, a key link in the Charles River Greenway in Waltham was opened, allowing hikers and bikers to travel off-road from Boston all the way to Moody Street in Waltham, and beyond.

    Save the Nahanton Park Woodcock Meadow

    The rare Woodcock Meadow in Nahanton Park is threatened by the growth of invasives and woody vegetation. You can help restore the meadow. Learn more

    News archive


    Swan on the Charles


    New on the Website

    Photos by Jonathan Elcock

    E-Bulletin June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 Newsletter

    Watertown Dam

    Upper Falls Greenway

    Environmental Science Program

    Habitat Network

    Leaf Blowers

    Energy Efficiency

    President's Report

    Harbor Islands


    2017 Conservators Annual Dinner

    Finton on Resilience


    Identify This Place Contest Answer

    A Visitor from the Woods


    Photos by Kenneth Mallory

    The new editor of the Newton Conservators Newsletter is Kenneth Mallory, who was formerly Editor-in-chief of Publishing Programs at the New England Aquarium. Mallory is also an accomplished photographer. View a sampling of his work.


    Identify This Park Contest Winners

    Congratulations to Suzette Barbier and David Tobias, whose names were drawn from among the 10 correct entries to the contest. Suzette and David have each won a free Conservators membership.

    Where was this old photograph taken? Find out here. And stay tuned for a new contest in the spring.


    Wilson Conservation Lands

    The Wilson family has preserved an area of woods and gardens in Newton Centre.


    Walks Along the Aqueducts

    New photos, descriptions, maps, and shorter routes.

    A Walk Near Riverside

    A 3-mile walk along the Charles near the Leo J. Martin Golf Course covers some rough, unofficial trails as well as two new pedestrian bridges over the river.


    From King's Handbook of Newton (1889)

    Crystal Lake

    Hemlock Gorge and Echo Bridge


    Bullough's Pond

    Hammond Pond Woods


    Norumbega Park Then and Now

    Hemlock Gorge Then and Now


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    PO Box 590011
    Newton Centre, MA 02459


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