On a white gallery wall there are many individual pages with lettering and blue watercolor

Flow: A River Walk and Participatory Art Installation about Water

Participate in one of our art activities to contemplate on our relationships with water.

Open space needs your help

Protecting and preserving takes time, energy and your support.

Please consider a year end donation to help protect and preserve open space in Waltham.

Thank you!

A Commitment to Open Space

The Waltham Land Trust: Protecting, preserving and connecting since 1999

Get out on the trails

You can hear the trails calling your name... go for a walk!


Waltham Land Trust Secures New Office Space

August 8, 2023

The Waltham Land Trust is excited to announce the relocation of our administrative offices to downtown Waltham. It is with mixed emotions that we depart from 240 Beaver Street, where we rented from the University of Massachusetts starting in 2002. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of the collaborative and inspiring Waltham Field Station community comprised…

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Green Space Blues Jam – June 3, 2023

July 27, 2023

84 nature and music lovers turned out for our annual gala, which was once again held at 500 Totten Pond Road thanks to the continued generosity of Boston Properties. There were items from the online auction, food from Ruth’s Chris, Brelundi, and Star Market, plus beverages from Boston Beer Company and Sav-Mor Liquors. A Band…

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18th Annual Green Space Blues Jam, July 30, 2022

August 1, 2022

On a lovely evening at 500 Totten Pond Road, the WLT held its biggest annual fundraising event of the year. Boston Properties kindly donated the space, which was expansive and included lots of popular outdoor seating. Items from the silent auction were spread out, ready for bidding! Ruth’s Chris and The Local provided hors d’oeuvres…

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Prospect Hill Park Plant Communities Walk, July 16, 2022

July 16, 2022

WLT Director Lesley Sneddon led a group of sixteen flora enthusiasts on a walk in Prospect Hill Park. Using her book “A Walk in the Park” as her guide (available for purchase on the WLT website), Lesley highlighted special and endangered plant communities on the way to the top of Little Prospect. More photos  

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Animal Adaptations Program for Kids, April 2, 2022

April 2, 2022

To kick off Earth Month, thirty-four 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and their families came to Prospect Hill Park for a visit with Debbie from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm, who brought a rabbit and an opossum! Afterwards, folks were encouraged to check out the new park amenities and the view of Boston from the base…

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Chateau Group Table, March 31, 2022

March 31, 2022

Eleven WLT supporters gathered at The Chateau restaurant the last day of March to share food, drinks, laughs and good times while raising money for our mission. Several others stopped by to say hello. Join us next time!  

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Cub Scout Walk Along the Charles, March 27, 2022

March 27, 2022

On a brisk March Sunday, fourteen members of Cub Scout Troop 250 and their parents joined WLT Steward Darnell and ED Sonja for a stroll along the Charles. We meet at the Woerd Ave Boat Launch and walked towards the Watch Factory, explaining the Woerd Woods plant restoration project Darnell was a part of and…

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Hike from Paine Estate to Shady’s and Back, March 13, 2022

March 13, 2022

After two postponements, sixteen hikers finally took to the woods for a 3.75-mile trek along the Western Greenway trail. WLT VP Barbara Jacobs led the group from Stonehurst through the Chester Brook corridor to the Shady’s Pond Conservation Area and back. Lots more photos!

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MCRT Cleanup w/RotarAct, March 5, 2022

March 5, 2022

RotarAct, a group of Brandeis students connected with the Rotary Club, and members of the Waltham Chamber of Commerce cleaned a section of the Mass Central Rail Trail and around the McDevitt School. Litter was a little tough to see since there was still plenty of snow on the ground, but we found some! More…

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Annual Duck Walk, February 1, 2022

February 1, 2022

After two weather-related postponements, the WLT finally held its Duck Walk on a Tuesday afternoon. 16 participants were instantly rewarded with a bald eagle sighting! It was visible from the Mary Early footbridge, resting high on a tree limb for quite a while–we actually left it and moved on to see common mergansers, bufflehead and…

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Upcoming Events

BISTRO 781 Give Back Night

09/26/2023 4:00 pm - 09/26/2023 10:00 pm

Bistro 781 Give Back Night WLT Group Table

09/26/2023 6:00 pm - 09/26/2023

Flow: A River Walk and Participatory Art Installation about Water

09/30/2023 1:00 pm - 09/30/2023 3:00 pm

Flow: A Participatory Art Installation about Water Drop-In Session

09/30/2023 3:00 pm - 09/30/2023 6:00 pm

Western Greenway 5K Run/Walk 2023

10/29/2023 1:00 pm - 10/29/2023

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.

Specials To Support WLT!

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!

The Rat Poison Problem:
How Rodenticides Harm People, Pets, & the Planet

Climate change, a construction boom, and growth in human population density have led to a dramatic rise in rats and mice in and around metro areas like Boston. Rat poison usually is the main method for dealing with the problem. But these poisons are killing local wildlife and pets and endanger our young children, while not actually proving at all effective in reducing rodents.

On May 6th, 2023, local naturalist and conservation advocate Laura Kiesel gave a presentation that reviewed the history of rodenticides, their impact on our health and environment, and solutions for a way forward that preserves our planet.

You can watch the recording of the presentation by Laura Kiesel, and also look at the slide show that Laura Kiesel presented.

The Waltham Land Trust is advocating for solutions other than rodenticides. We hope that you will too.

Waltham Land Trust Annual Meeting 2022

The Waltham Land Trust held their Annual Meeting in person at First Parish and also broadcast it live for people at home using the webinar feature of Zoom. Below is the Waltham Land Trust's slide show from the meeting, as well as the the slide show about Frederick Law Olmstead that the guest presenters Isabel Schulman and Sophia Bass Werner used, in two parts.

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.