How to get involved

We cheerfully encourage participation of all types.  The following is a short list of the parties actively engaged in helping maintain and protect Newton's Conservation Areas.   

  • Volunteer Stewards -- Volunteers help maintain individual Conservation Areas. We welcome new stewards. Please contact the Conservation Office at 617-796-1134 if interested.
  • Eagle Scouts -- High School students undertake many creative projects in pursuit of their Eagle badges.
  • Newton Environmental Science Program -- Middle and high school students can spend one month during the summer exploring natural areas in and around Newton, learning about natural processes, and engaging in service projects. The summer program culminates with a 3-day climb to Mount Washington.

Newton is fortunate to have many groups of dedicated volunteers. Below is a list of some of the other groups involved in conservation efforts around Newton.

Upcoming Events:

Please join us in our support of the Charles River Watershed Association in their 19th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup, on Saturday, April 28th from 9 am to 12 pm.

This event, organized by Charles River Watershed Association, Charles River Conservancy, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, The Esplanade Association, Senator Will Brownsberger’s office, and Waltham Land Trust has grown exponentially since its inception in 2000 and has become one of the largest cleanup efforts in the region.  Last year, approximately 3,000 volunteers helped beautify the banks of the Charles River and its surrounding parklands in the watershed.  Volunteers from more than 100 schools, businesses, and organizations picked up litter at over 100 sites, collecting approximately 31 tons of trash. For more information please visit the CWRA website.

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