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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.

Decision Pending on Hammond Pond Floating Walkway

The state Department of Environmental Protection is weighing a proposal by the Department of Conservation and Recreation to build a floating walkway along the western edge of Hammond Pond.

Construction Underway on Upper Falls Greenway

Construction has resumed on the conversion of an unused rail line into the Upper Falls Greenway.

  Upcoming Events
Conservators spring walks and invasive pulls from now through June 15
Participate in the Charles River Cleanup or the Friends of Hemlock Gorge spring cleanup on April 26
Help clean a park on NewtonServes day, April 27
Ordway Park work day May 3
Conservators Annual Dinner May 7 (Register online)
Lecture by Brooks Matthewson at Newton Free Library on June 12
Spring events and photos
Register for a spring or summer program at Newton Community Farm, or apply to be a summer intern

Conservation News

New Bridges and Trails in Riverside Park

New Edition of Conservators Trail Guide

Digital Park Signs Installed in Three Conservation Areas

Nahanton Park to receive temporary fire station, permanent conservation restriction

Hemlock Gorge Dam Reconstruction

New Edmands Park Website

Lower Falls Pedestrian Bridge Opens

Public Street Trees -- A Choice

Open Crystal Lake advocates opening the lake for "swimming at your own risk"

DCR Considers "Access Enhancements"
to Hammond Pond

Proposed Riverside Development

Riverside developer scaling back

Newton Conservators comments

Riverside development plan

Proposed "Ecological School Yard" for Countryside Elementary School

One upside of the water chestnut infestation

Redwing blackbird


In Edmands Park

Photographer Cynthia Staples has published a book of her photos of Edmands Park.

Cold Spring Park Landfill Cleanup

The Conservators sponsored a cleanup of debris from an old landfill in Cold Spring Park. read more

Newton Conservators Turns 50:
Why We Really Matter

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Newton Conservators. Our reason for being is as compelling today as it was in 1961. read more

Nahanton Park: Green Meadows or Snow Dump?

After a winter which saw Nahanton Park used to dump snow and Christmas trees, the city has begun to clean up the park. Mayor Setti Warren has agreed to find other places to dispose of this waste in future years. read more

photo by Duane Hillis

Newton Community Farm proposal for Nahanton Park:


Public hearing March 2, 2011

Newton Tab article: The Benefits of Spending Time in Nature

Newton Conservators: The Next Fifty Years

Trees and Wires: A Bad Mix

Beetle Alert

The Asian Longhorned Beetle has been found in Boston. If you find one, report it.


Newton Acquires Two Crystal Lake Properties

In May 2007, the City of Newton completed the acquisition by eminent domain of the lakeshore property at 20 Rogers Street.

In September 2008, the city purchased the shoreline portion of the adjacent property, 230 Lake Avenue.   read more

Photo of Crystal Lake shoreline


News archive


Swan on the Charles


New on the Website

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Walks and invasives pulls

Spring photos

E-Bulletin March 29, 2014

Winter 2014 Newsletter

Monitoring Open Spaces

This Month in the Almanac

Summer 2013 Newsletter

Annual Meeting


President's Report

Draft Recreation and Open Space Plan

NewtonServes Invasive Species Pull

Canoeing on the Charles in 1904

Daniel Jackson photographs

Norumbega Park Then and Now

Hemlock Gorge Then and Now

New trail maps and park pages on the website:

Chestnut Hill Reservation

Charles River Path -- Bridge St. to Moody St.

Awtrey Dell

Hunnewell Woods

Oakdale Woods

Frank Barney and Martin Conservation Areas

Williams-Saco Streets Riverwalk


A new map
showing Newton parks and conservation areas


Cover of Newton Conservators Almanac
Newton Conservators Almanac


Canoe and Kayak Launching Sites in Newton


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PO Box 590011
Newton Centre, MA 02459


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