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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.
  Upcoming Events
Apply for a Conservators grant by Feb 28
Sign up by Feb 26 for a CSA farm share at Newton Community Farm
Clean up the Charles River on April 29
Pull invasives or help clean up a park on NewtonSERVES day, April 30
Run of the Charles canoe race, April 30
Save the date: Conservators Annual Dinner May 3
Newton Cemetery tours May 14 & 17
Register for summer programs at Newton Community Farm
Spring events and photos
An unusual fall visitor to
Cold Spring Park
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.

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.

Help Wanted
Our organization is run entirely by volunteers. We're looking for someone to fill this ongoing position:
  • Walks Coordinator: Assemble the popular walks that take place every fall and spring.

It's time to update the Conservators Trail Guide. We're looking for three volunteers for this limited-time project:

  • Trail guide editor
  • Trail guide designer
  • Trail guide production person
If you're interested in learning more about any of these tasks, please email us.
Save Webster Woods
Mayor Warren Visits The Science of Webster Woods

On May 12, Newton Mayor Setti Warren toured the wood with many Newton residents

by Richard B. Primack

Many Newton residents care deeply about Webster Woods and are working to protect the area after its sale to Boston College.

We value the woods for lots of reasons: some for the lovely walks or jogs, some for bird watching or nature photography, others for rock climbing, and nearly all for the relaxation that comes with spending time in Newton's largest open space. In addition to these benefits,


Conservation News

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

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.


E-Bulletin January 14, 2017


Winter 2017 Newsletter

Giant Moths

Wolves of the Forest Floor


Envi Sci Program
Turns Fifty





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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