Cancellations due to COVID-19

*Due to COVID-19, all WLT events through April 30, 2020 have been cancelled. Stay tuned for updates. We will do our best to continue WLT's mission during this challenging time while acknowledging that Waltham's Public Officials must focus on public health and safety. We encourage you to get out and enjoy Waltham's green space while the gym is closed. Please maintain a safe distance of at least six feet from others and access maps and other information from our website, rather than trail kiosks, to minimize contact. We are all in this together!

Cleanup - group photo

Annual Charles River Cleanup - CANCELLED DUE TO COVID19

Update as of 3/24/2020 - Thank you to everyone that registered to help with the Charles River Cleanup. Unfortunately, due to COVID19 we have had to cancel the cleanup to avoid bringing us all together at this risky time. Stay safe!

Recognized by American Rivers as one of the largest river clean-ups in the country, the Charles River Clean-up will host thousands of volunteers in the Charles River Watershed to help remove litter and clean-up our waterways. Your support will make a huge impact on the river's health!

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News

Jericho Hill Hike, March 7, 2020

March 13, 2020

In an effort to show the beautiful and challenging topography of the Jericho Hill parcel, sandwiched between the 554 Lexington property where the new Waltham High School will be built and the Sanderson Heights parcel, the WLT organized a last minute hike for City Councillors and members of the general public. 65 people came! Nature…

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Leap Day Walk, February 29, 2020

March 13, 2020

The Waltham Land Trust took advantage of the “bonus” day presented by Leap Day 2020 and offered a walk along the Western Greenway trail. Close to 50 attendees meet in the Our Lady’s Church parking lot, crossed to the area north of Trapelo Road and ventured through the Middlesex Hospital Lands, across Woburn Street, and…

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Eyes on Owls, February 18, 2020

March 13, 2020

During February school vacation week, the WLT was thrilled to welcome back to Waltham Marcia and Mark Wilson, and seven of their amazing birds of prey (six owls and one American kestrel). About 50 children and 50 adults attended, filling the Whitcomb Hall of the First Parish Church in Waltham. We were introduced to an…

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Annual Duck Walk, January 18, 2020

January 18, 2020

On January 18, thirty folks braved chilly temps to participate in our annual walk along the Charles River from the Shaw’s on River Street to Moody Street and back. We were in search of visiting and resident waterfowl, perching avian and birds of prey. We saw mallards, Canada geese, crows, a Cooper’s hawk, male and…

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14th Annual New Year’s Day Hike

January 2, 2020

On January 1st, the WLT hosted its 14th annual hike at Prospect Hill Park. About 100 people met near the Starbucks in the Market Basket complex and hiked through trails in Berry Park. Another 100 left from the South Gate to the park near 186 Prospect Hill Road. Everyone converged at the base of Little…

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Candidates’ responses to WLT’s questionnaire

September 7, 2019

UPDATED: October 17, 2019 The Waltham Land Trust sent the following questions to all Mayoral and City Council candidates who provided an email address to the Waltham City Clerk’s office. How would you assess how the city has managed and maintained open space? What plans do you have in mind to improve this work? Should…

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In Memory of Board Member David Kehs (1950 – 2019)

July 30, 2019

Update 9/17/19: Dave’s family will have a memorial for him on Sunday, September 29th, from 12-4 PM in the Green Room at the Chateau Restaurant, 195 School Street, Waltham. Please join us for sharing memories about Dave with hors d’oeuvres at noon, followed by a buffet. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sonja. Also, let her know if you’d…

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Waltham Field Station Tenants Share Concerns

February 15, 2019

UMass plans to close the administrative offices at 240 Beaver Street on December 31, 2019 Tenants of the iconic UMass Waltham Field Station, including the Waltham Land Trust,  are confronted with a serious, existential threat and begin 2019 in a critical phase of our long-term tenancies. How you can help If you haven’t already done…

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Hardy Pond singing

December 15, 2018

It’s rare, but not too rare, to hear a pond singing when it is frozen and temperatures are rising or falling. On Thursday December 13th, 2018, Hardy Pond with a solid but somewhat thin surface of ice (not safe for skating) was singing in full glory. The following sound was captured so you can listen…

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Could Waltham Fields Community Farm Be Saved?

December 3, 2018

One possibility is that the city may purchase the historic land from UMass Boston. The Patch Nov 28th, 2018 WALTHAM, MA — The fate of Waltham’s last farm is still in the balance, but the director of Waltham Fields Farm is cautiously optimistic that a potential deal in the works between the city and UMass…

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Upcoming Events

Charles River Cleanup - CANCELLED DUE TO COVID19

04/25/2020 9:00 am - 04/25/2020 12:00 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.

Beaver Brook North Pond

A short video of Beaver Brook North pond showing the changes over a year!

Online Specials To Support WLT!

Buy Wachusett Mountain lift tickets online

Any lift ticket purchased online (at a discounted price versus in person) with the coupon code DON-WLT earns the Waltham Land Trust $10 a ticket at the end of the season.

Buy Chateau gift cards online

Any gift cards purchased online with the coupon code WLT will earn the Waltham Land Trust 5% of that sale. Get yours today!

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.