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Seeking Volunteer Stewards

The Waltham Land Trust is currently recruiting volunteers to assist with maintaining the proposed Mass Central Rail Trail, and paths in Prospect Hill Park and along the Charles River.

The Mass Central Rail Trail, Prospect Hill Park, and Charles River Path Stewards will essentially serve as the "eyes and ears" of these heavily-used trails, working in conjunction with the local and state entities charged with their maintenance. In both locations, volunteers will tasked with removing litter and reporting on conditions through field reports. Along the MCRT and Charles River, stewards will also be asked to remove invasive plant species. Email Sonja if you want to be an MCRT or Charles River Path Steward. Potential Prospect Hill Park Stewards should email PHP Supervising Steward Chris Leary at

Stewards should be at least 18 years old and must commit to walking designated sections of the trails on a regular basis (frequency depending on season) for a period of at least two years. Living proximate to Prospect Hill Park or the Charles River is a big plus. 

Many thanks to the Foundation for MetroWest for funding support of our new stewards-to-be!

At their training in Spring 2012, the Chester Brook Greenway Stewards work together to move a large tree blocking the Western Greenway Trail.

Hike One Third of The Western Greenway Trail Every Third Saturday

This summer, on the third Saturday of each month, the Waltham Land Trust will offer a free, guided hike along one third of the built Western Greenway Trail. Volunteers with the Land Trust and the Friends of the Western Greenway have completed 7 miles of the proposed 20-mile circuit trail from the Mass Audubon Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont to Gentleman’s Way in Waltham, south of the Paine Estate. Each walk will be between 2-3 miles through woods, potentially crossing over small hills, rocks, roots and stumps. Sturdy shoes, competent footwork, and registration are required to participate. The Land Trust will coordinate shuttles to drive hikers back to the various starting points.

The first trek occurred on June 21, before the sun set on the Summer Solstice. Roger Wrubel, Waltham Land Trust Advisory Board member and Executive Director of the Mass Audubon Habitat Education Center, led the group of twenty hikers from Habitat to the MetFern Cemetery. The second hike happened on July 19 and took participants through the Beaver Brook North Reservation and the Middlesex County Hospital Lands. The final trek will be on August 16 in the Chester Brook Corridor, time tbd. Email Sonja at to register and receive parking instructions.

View new maps of these areas on the “maps” page of our website!


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

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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


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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