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News

Earth Week Cleanups April 22-24

May 5, 2021

The Waltham Land Trust involved 150 volunteers who beautified open space and collected around 170 bags of trash on two days during eight events. Six of these activities where along the Charles River where we covered roughly six miles. The other two cleanups were along two one-half-mile sections of the Mass Central Rail Trail, the…

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The Caterpillar Lab – The Whole Story

April 22, 2021

On April 6th, 2021, Sam Jaffe of The Caterpillar Lab delivered a deep picture into the world of native caterpillars using a combination of live presentation, digital microscope work, slides, and life history image plates. By exploring complex natural history stories involving caterpillars, their host plants, and their predators and parasitoids, the importance of biodiversity…

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“Plogging” along the Charles, March 27, 2021

April 6, 2021

Seventeen people of all ages turned up to “plog”–pick up litter while jogging (or walking). Amazing WLT volunteer steward Amanda and her daughter led the activity. They collected litter from all sides of the Moody Street dam and along the Riverwalk to Prospect Street. Many thanks to NovaBio for allowing us to use their dumpster,…

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Spring Equinox Walk, March 20, 2021

April 6, 2021

Twenty walkers welcomed Spring with an easy stroll along the Charles River. A juvenile bald eagle soared high above and a swan swam quietly by as we gathered at the Woerd Ave boat launch. Walking through the woods we saw witch hazel and a turtle sunning itself on a log across the way. We checked…

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Duck Walk, February 28, 2021

April 5, 2021

Twenty-three avian enthusiasts participated in the WLT’s annual duck walk along the Charles River. The group traveled from Shaw’s at 130 River Street to Moody St. and back. They saw mallards, a Great blue heron, ring-necked ducks, robins, a Hooded merganser pair, a ring-billed gull, a male bufflehead, and a black duck. We also saw…

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What About Chestnut Trees

February 22, 2021

On February 22nd, 2021, WLT member Dr. Sandra Anagnostakis, Emerita, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, gave an information packed webinar about Chestnut trees including a slide show, as well as answering questions from the attendees. Dr. Sandy has researched American chestnut trees, Castanea dentata, and other nut trees for more than 50 years. American chestnuts…

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Prospect Hill Hike

February 18, 2021

Folks on Little Prospect with Boston in the distance Twenty-five bundled up adventurers met at the South Gate to Prospect Hill Park to walk up the service road to the base of Little Prospect. Expansive views of the Boston skyline were in clear view on the crisp day. The group continued up to the summit…

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Beaver Brook Historic Walk

January 27, 2021

On a chilly January Saturday, twenty-one people and two dogs explored the boundary of the southern section of Beaver Brook Historic Reservation, the first park established by the Commonwealth of MA in 1893, in part to save the endangered Waverley Oak.

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Waltham Field Station: Bill passed this week enables purchase by City

December 8, 2020

Waltham Field Station: Bill passed this week enables purchase by City Waltham Fields Community Farm is based at 240 Beaver St. By Kerry Feltner, Wicked Local Nov 20, 2020 12:13pm ET This week, the Massachusetts Senate and House effectively green-lighted the sale by approving the legislation needed for Waltham to purchase the property. “This bill was…

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Chain Saw Training, Nov 21, 2020

November 21, 2020

Ranger Adam Green led a chain saw training for 13 WLT volunteer trail stewards at Prospect Hill Park. The WLT has two chain saws used to remove down trees blocking trails in the woods and along the river. The City of Waltham and MA Dept of Conservation & Recreation appreciate our help removing easy obstacles…

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Upcoming Events

Guided Fungi Foray

05/17/2021 1:30 pm - 05/17/2021 3:30 pm

Wagon Wheel Farm Stand Fundraiser

05/29/2021 8:30 am - 05/29/2021 7:00 pm

Waltham Wildlife

We aren't the only ones that benefit from preserving open space in Waltham. Here are some pictures of Waltham wildlife that you could find living on or passing through the open spaces in Waltham. Some of the pictures were taken at night with a camera that was triggered by a sensor.

Waltham Land Trust Annual Meeting 2020

Due to the pandemic, the Waltham Land Trust held their Annual Meeting using the webinar feature of Zoom. This is the edited recording of that meeting. At 20:42 into the video, Historian and Teacher Alex Green gives an in-depth presentation about the Metfern Cemetery in Waltham.

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Our Mission

Founded in 1999, the Waltham Land Trust’s mission is to create a legacy of land conservation in Waltham by promoting, protecting, restoring, and acquiring open space.

The Land Trust envisions growth in public appreciation of natural resources, preservation and restoration of native habitat, and increased biodiversity to foster a healthier environment.