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Health and the Outdoors

Everything we do, including sitting on the couch, entails some risk. Below are links to sources of information about some risks that may be present in parks and conservation areas in Newton or surrounding areas. Also included are links about the health benefits of outdoor activity.

Health Benefits of Exercise


Saftey During Hunting Season


Other Safety Issues


Poison Ivy in fallPoison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants

Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Blue-Green Algae



Small Animals and Rabies

Wild Turkeys

Large Animals

Coyotes have been reported in Newton and surrounding communities in recent years.


Bear sightings have been reported in several towns within I-495, but only very rarely in Newton or adjoining communities.


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