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Waltham Riverfest


Friday, June 17, evening

Saturday, June 18, all day

Moody Street Bridge and environs

Bring family and friends to the 8th Annual Waltham Riverfest! The Waltham Land Trust is proud to have been one of the principal organizers of this annual event celebrating the Charles River, local music, art, and culture, along with the Downtown Waltham Partnership and Waltham Tourism Council. Check out the Riverfest website for all the details.

Charles River Canoe and Kayak will be offering discounted watercraft rentals both days and a guided moonlit paddle both nights! Sign up with them before these special three-hour tours with snacks are sold out!

Live bands will play Friday night between 5:15 and 8 pm on the stage by Margaritas.

The Waltham Land Trust kicks off Saturday’s activities with an easy stroll along the Charles from the Moody Street Dam downstream to wildlife viewing platforms east of Newton Street and back. Meet at 10 am at the fish ladder in Landry Park. We’ll discuss the history of river, look for signs of wildlife, and return in time for the Opening Ceremonies and Parade at 11:45 am.

All day long, festival attendees can soak up live music on four stages (including the gazebo at Waltham Common), observe artists painting along the river and installing a community-made mural at 200-210 Moody, buy crafts from vendors on a closed Moody Street Bridge, eat food from a variety of food trucks, and enjoy lots of kids activities including a circus with acrobats!

WLT Seeking Volunteer Stewards

 Interested in helping to maintain trails in Waltham? The Waltham Land Trust is looking for folks who would like to volunteer to be the “eyes and ears” of:

  • the Western Greenway Trail
  • Prospect Hill Park trails
  • the Mass Central Rail Trail
  • pathways along the Charles River
  • trails in Beaver Brook North and Historic reservations

As a WLT steward, you can be as involved as you want to be, from just reporting on trail conditions online, to picking up trash (we provide bags and gloves), to removing invasive plants and helping keep the trail sustainable.

You pick the place you want to "patrol" from the above locations. Once you've received the training and supplies needed, go out as often as you are able and have fun!

To learn more and receive a Steward Interest form, please call the WLT office at 781-893-3355 or email WLT Program Director Sonja Wadman at swadman@walthamland

Western Greenway head steward Bob Jutstrom (in safety vest), Joel Angiolillo, and Eric Olson (also a Western Greenway steward and our invasive plants expert) take a break from National Trails Day work on June 4, 2016.

Special Deals

The Chateau Restaurant will generously donate 5% to the WLT from every Gift Card purchased online! Remember to enter WLT for the Give Back Gift Card Code in the Payment section of the Checkout page when you purchase your Chateau Restaurant Gift Card here

The Waltham Land Trust’s mission is to create a legacy of land conservation in Waltham by promoting, protecting, restoring, and acquiring open space.

We envision growth in public appreciation of natural resources, preservation and restoration of native habitat, and increased biodiversity to foster a healthier environment.


What are the natural features which make a township handsome? A river, with its waterfalls and meadows, a lake, a hill, a cliff or individual rocks, a forest, and ancient trees standing singly. Such things are beautiful; they have a high use which dollars and cents never represent. If the inhabitants of a town were wise, they would seek to preserve these things, though at considerable expense; for such things educate more than any hired teachers or preachers, or at any present recognized system of school education. -- Henry David Thoreau

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About the picture in the banner at the top of the page...

The picture, taken in June of 2005, is of a vernal pool at Berry Farm, an At Risk for development open space parcel next to Prospect Hill Park.

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