Newton's Conservation Commission owns 20 parcels of land totaling over 280 acres, preserved for its passive recreation and ecological value. These areas are maintained in their natural state for the preservation of native plant and animal species, and for passive recreation by visitors. Newton’s Conservation lands provide many values, including:
Explore the beauty and wonder of these areas. Passive activities such as walking, jogging, and photography are encouraged. Walking with leashed dogs is allowed as long as pet waste is carried out. Picnicking (without a trace) is allowed. Please adhere to our policy of carry in - carry out. We particularly encourage children to get out and explore their natural surroundings, learn about nature’s systems, and understand how we all need to be stewards of these precious resources.
Dogs off-leash, fires, cutting vegetation, digging, and other land disturbing activities are not allowed. Violators may be fined. Click here for a full listing of Newton's Conservation Land Use Regulations
The Conservation Commission is fortunate to have several sources of assistance in its land management efforts (see the list below). If you would like to report something or become a volunteer steward, click here.
Conservation priorities, along with recreation priorities, are described in detail in Newton's Open Space and Recreation Plan (2014-2020).