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Annual Nature Calendar

For more information about the changing seasons in Newton's parks and conservation areas, buy a copy of the Newton Conservators Almanac . (view excerpts here)





December Join the Christmas bird count
January Get outside on Winter Trails Day
January Buy a share of farm vegetables and herbs from the Newton Community Farm CSA
February Great Backyard Bird Count
February 28 Deadline to apply for a Conservators grant
depends on weather Ice skate at Auburndale Cove (call hotline at 617-796-1536)
depends on weather Ski at Martin Golf Course, on the Aqueducts, or at Commonwealth Golf Course
March Watch the American Woodcock's mating display at Nahanton Park. See page 17 of the Almanac for details.
all winter Enjoy the season



varies Conservators spring lecture
March and April Observe vernal pools at Dolan Pond
Spring Rent a community garden plot at
Nahanton Park
April Participate in the Charles River Cleanup
April or May Help clean a park on NewtonServes day
April 1 to Nov Canoe the Lakes District of the Charles from Norumbega Park or canoe south between Cutler Park and Millenium Park from the rental facility in Nahanton Park
April Help improve a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary on Statewide Volunteer Day
late April Run of the Charles canoe race
late April Newton Community Farm stand opens
April through June Join the Conservators for a guided walk
April Hemlock Gorge spring cleanup
May Come to the Conservators annual dinner
May Newton Cemetery tours begin
May Join the Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon bird count
May Clean up a state park on Park Serve Day
May 15 to June 15 Watch migrating herring at Watertown Dam
late May See Rhododendrons in bloom in Ordway Park and Houghton Garden
June Improve a park on National Trails Day
June Beautify the Charles during National River Cleanup
all spring Enjoy the season



early June to
Swim at Crystal Lake
June through Oct Shop at the Newton Community Farm stand
July Look for Eastern Bluebirds nesting in the boxes in the upper gardens at Nahanton Park. See page 45 of the Almanac for details.
July through Oct Shop at the Farmers Market at Cold Spring Park
June through August Help remove invasive plants from the Charles River.
mid-Aug 15 to
Observe the nighthawk migration at Nahanton Park
all summer Enjoy the season



September Watch migrating birds at Cutler Park
September Sign up for fall programs at Newton Community Farm
September Newton Community Farm Fall Festival
September Bullough's Pond Fair

early fall

Conservators fall lecture
Sept through Nov Join us for a guided walk
late September Help improve a park on
National Public Lands Day
October Crystal Lake Conservancy Paddles & Pumpkins event
October Hemlock Gorge fall cleanup
October Coastsweep day
October 31 Deadline to apply for a Conservators grant
late fall See fall visitors to our rivers and ponds
December Join the Audubon Christmas bird count
all fall Enjoy the season


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