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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
Join the Audubon Christmas Bird Count in Dec
Winter Trails Day at Weston Ski Track on Jan 14
Great Backyard Bird Count Feb 17-20
Apply for a Conservators grant by Feb 28
Winter events and photos
An unusual fall visitor to
Cold Spring Park

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. There are two ongoing positions we'd like to fill:
  • Newsletter Editor: An exciting challenge four times a year. Would you like to shape the conservation news that goes to Conservators' members? On-the-job-training would be provided
  • 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.
Identify This Park Contest

Win a free one-year Conservators membership for yourself or a friend.

Where was this old photograph taken? Send us your best guess. The winner will receive a free one-year membership. If we receive more than one correct entry by January 15, we'll draw two names from a hat.
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

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

Winter 2017 Newsletter

Giant Moths

Wolves of the Forest Floor


Envi Sci Program
Turns Fifty





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

E-Bulletin September 16, 2016

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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