Newton Conservators logo fall photo
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
Sign up by Oct 29 for a late fall CSA at Newton Community Farm
Apply for a Conservators grant by Oct 31
Kennard Park Sculpture Trail and speaker series now to Nov 11
Lecture about Gypsy Moths and Winter Moths on Nov 21 by Joe Elkinton, who gave the Conservators spring lecture in 2010
Join the Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Dec
Fall events and photos
An unusual visitor to
Cold Spring Park
West Nile Virus Risk
As of October 20th, the risk of West Nile Virus in Newton, Brookline, Boston, and Cambridge remained at "high." The Mass Department of Public Health posts current results for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis on this website. More info about West Nile and Zika viruses.

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.


Global Climate Change Hits Home
Houghton Pond, August 2016 Houghton Pond, October 2006

More photos and links

Kennard Park Sculpture Trail
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

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

Black Swallow-Wort: Unwanted in Newton

The invasive Black Swallow-Wort is spreading in Newton.

Waban Hill Reservoir

The city of Newton has purchased this reservoir from the MWRA. Newton Conservators holds the conservation restriction on the property.


News archive


Swan on the Charles


New on the Website

A beaver bit off more than it could chew near Nahanton Park

E-Bulletin September 16, 2016

Fall 2016 Newsletter

Emerald Ash Borer

President's Message

Parenting Young Birds

Heyn Riverway


Invasive Pulls


E-Bulletin September 9, 2016

Summer 2016 Newsletter

Nesting Birds

President's Message

Annual Meeting and Awards

West Nile and Zika

President's Reflections

June Doin'

Herrick Green

2016 Dinner and Awards

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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Newton Centre, MA 02459


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