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Citizens for Lexington Conservation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the natural environment in the town of Lexington, Massachusetts.
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Help Plan the Future of
Lexington’s Parks and Open Spaces



Lexington is updating its Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP, last updated in 2009).

As we embark on the Update, we invite you to join the planning process and share your thoughts…


- What is your vision for recreation and open spaces in Lexington?


- What do you like about the open space and recreational opportunities in Lexington?


- What are the current and future needs for open space and recreation?


Participation is EASY and FUN!










Come to the upcoming Public Forum!



Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7-9 pm


~ Refreshments will be provided! ~


Public Services Facility (cafeteria on ground floor)


at 201 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA










Take the Community Survey!

Access the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Lexington_OSRP2014

Hardcopies of the survey are available at Town Hall and the Library.










Join the dialog on LexEngage!

LexEngage is the Town’s online public engagement forum at http://www.lexengage.com/

Check out the NEW TOPICS featuring the 2014 OSRP Update on LexEngage.

Share your insights to help plan the future of Lexington’s parks and open spaces!

First time on LexEngage?


No worries! Start participating after a simple and quick registration!



Upcoming Events



All walks are free and open to the public


Saturday, September 27, 8 - 10 AM Bird Walk in Dunback Meadow

Since this is a time when migrants are returning to their more southern winter homes from northern areas, we have the possibility of viewing warblers, vireos, hawks, flycatchers and spar- rows that are not usually at Dunback Meadow during the summer months. Our usual feathered residents, such as Downy Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch and Tufted Titmouse, will also be around. Beginners and children are welcome. If it rains the walk will be cancelled. Meet at the entrance on Allen St. where parking is available. Walk Leader: Bobbie Hodson (robertahodson@comcast.net; 781-861-9421).


Saturday, Sept. 27, 10:30 - 11:30 AM Junior Ranger Walk in Dunback Meadow

Children and parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles/adult friends will enjoy a walk in Dunback Meadow, where varied habitats provide food and shelter for many kinds of wildlife. Citizens for Lexington Conservation has started a new Junior Ranger program for children to increase their enjoyment and appreciation of the natural world. A copy of the 9-page Junior Ranger booklet can be downloaded at CLC's website: www.clclex.org. (activities and publications). If possible please bring a copy of the booklet with you for the walk. We will primarily be observing, listen- ing, identifying, and enjoying Dunback Meadow. If it rains the walk will be cancelled. Meet at the entrance on Allen St. where parking is available.

Walk Leader: Bobbie Hodson (robertahodson@comcast.net; 781-861-9421).


Thursday, October 16, 2:00 3:00 PM Pond Exploration at Parker Meadow

This walk is geared for children in grades K 5 accompanied by an adult. Join Fran Ludwig for a prowl around Parker Meadow to look for bugs, tadpoles, frogs, snails, and fish. We’ll dip a net into the water to see what kinds of critters are wriggling around below the surface. Bring rain boots if you have them and be prepared to get dirty. If you have a small bug box or magnifier, bring it along. Rain or lightning will cancel the event. Meet at the Revere St. entrance to Parker Meadow. Limited parking is there; additional parking is available on neighborhood streets across Revere St.
Walk Leader: Fran Ludwig (
fludwig12@yahoo.com; 781-861-7231)


Saturday, October 18, 10:00 11:30 AM Paint Mine and Hennessey Field Walk

We will check out the field, forest and meadow areas of these North Lexington conservation properties. Frost is likely to have come before this mid-fall walk, and we can discover how our natural environment is preparing for winter. Sneakers are fine for this walk as damp areas have boardwalks. The walk is not strenuous though there are some hills. Inclement weather will can- cel the walk. Meet at the Estabrook Elementary School parking lot. Walk Leader: Alex Dohan (amdohan@gmail.com; 781-863-5882)



Sunday, October 19, 1:30 3:30 PM Walk ACROSS Lexington Route C

Join us to explore Route C, the most recent addition to Lexington’s ACROSS (Accessing Con- servation land, Recreation areas, Open space, Schools and Streets) trail system. The walk will take us through a part of Arlington Great Meadow, where we hope to see colorful foliage, and around LexFarm and part of the Arlington Reservoir. Meet at the Waldorf School parking lot at 739 Mass Avenue. Heavy steady rain cancels the event. Walk Leader: Eileen Entin (Eileenhome@gmail.com; 781-862-6418).


Sunday, November 30, 1:00 3:00 PM 2nd Annual CLC Turkey Trot Walk

Join us to walk off those turkey leftovers as we explore the Cranberry Hill Conservation property and the adjacent watershed lands of the Cambridge Watershed Authority. Along the way we will enjoy some of the best vistas as well as one of the largest and best-preserved fieldstone foun- dations to be found in Lexington. We will hike in all but steady rain. Wear appropriate footgear for hilly woods trails and actual weather conditions. Hiking poles would be useful, especially if the ground is frozen. Meet at the end of parking lot C in the Cranberry Hill Office Complex. The entrance to the office park is on Massachusetts Avenue, just south of Marrett Road. Walk leader: Keith Ohmart (Kohmart@verizon.net; 781-862-6216).



CLC will be inaugurating a series of snowshoe walks for its program of winter walks this coming season. This will be a series of three walks that will be scheduled for weekend dates in the months of January and February. The purpose of the walks will be to simply get out and use those snowshoes that you have tucked away in your basement or garage, while enjoying explor- ing some of our open space parcels in their winter splendor. Watch for further details when we publish information about our winter walk series.

Maps of Lexington conservation lands can be found at


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New! Junior Ranger Program

CLC is sponsoring a new program for children - the Junior Ranger Program - aimed at getting kids out into Lexington's Conservation properties with games and activities. In conjunction with Cary Memorial Library we have a booklet to guide children and their parents. The kids will visit several different Conservation areas, fill out some activity sheets that will guide nature observation, and can, upon completion, receive a Junior Ranger Certificate from the Library.

You can find the Junior Ranger booklet here.


Let us know if there is an upcoming event that should be listed here.




Take a look!

New Trail Guide to Lexington’s Conservation Land Now Available


The Lexington Conservation Stewards have created a new Trail Guide to Lexington’s Conservation Land, which includes color trail maps along with descriptions and historical information for Lexington’s 25 walk-able conservation areas. Covering nearly 30 miles of trails, it is an essential book for both veteran trail users and new explorers who’d like to discover the forests, fields, and wetlands in Lexington.


The Trail Guide to Lexington’s Conservation Land is available, for a minimum donation of $10, at the Town of Lexington Community Development Office located in the Town Offices Building at 1625 Massachusetts Avenue. Proceeds benefit the Lexington Nature Trust Fund, which helps to care for our 1300 acres of public conservation land.


More information about the Conservation Department

Volunteer Opportunity

CLC is looking for a volunteer with a technical aptitude who enjoys organizing and paying attention to details. This person would manage the CLC database, using our Access 2007 data.


Duties would involve keeping track of names, addresses, dues status and email addresses of members, Town Meeting Members, Town Committee members, and candidates.


In addition, he or she would send emails about significant issues and events when requested by one of the co-chairmen of CLC, send out both the email and snail mail versions of our newsletter, and send out the questions we ask town candidates before elections.


The present holder of the position would be happy to provide any support needed.


If interested, please contact Eileen Entin (eileenhome@gmail.com


For further details about what the job entails, contact Kate Fricker (kfricker@alum.swarthmore.edu)


Articles of Interest

Check out ACROSS Lexington

Are you looking for a new route to walk, run or bike?

ACROSS Lexington is waiting for you - try it!

You can find route information here.

ACROSS Lexington stands for Accessing Conservation land, Recreation areas, Open space, Schools and Streets in Lexington.

What's that critter?

Lexington now has its very own field guide! Lexington Alive is available at the town Community Development Office (in the Town Offices Building, 1625 Mass Ave) for $6.00 cash or check. All proceeds go to the Lexington Nature Trust, which helps to care for Lexington's 1400 acres of conservation land.

Plant a tree for Lexington

Lexington 300 Tree Medallion
Lexington 300 Tree Medallion

A special Lexington Tercentennial tree medallion is now being sold by the Lexington Tree Committee to help celebrate our special year, according to Chairman John Frey, and to support our drive to plant 300 trees for the 300 years.

The medallion can be purchased and hung outdoors on a tree planted especially for 2013, or on a recently planted tree.  It also can be hung on a fancy ribbon and used to decorate a Christmas tree.

No more room for trees on your property?  Your purchase will nevertheless help plant street and park trees in other parts of the Town.  It will be a unique souvenir of Lexington’s 300th birthday, even for out-of-towners, and will still contribute to Lexington’s tree canopy.

Environmentalists will appreciate the fact that this drive encourages the planting of trees, with all the known benefits to the climate, such as carbon sequestration, temperature reduction, rain runoff reduction, etc.   

A limited run of only 300 medallions, sequentially numbered, have been produced.  The first medallion, #001, hangs on the Tricentennial Oak planted on the Green this spring, located roughly opposite the Buckman Tavern entrance. 

You can purchase medallions at the DPW front desk, 201 Bedford Street, or at the Visitors’ Center, 1875 Massachusetts Avenue.  The price is $15.00, which is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. 

Any profits from this sale will be used to underwrite street tree planting in Lexington.

The Tree Committee has been working since its inception in 2001 to promote and protect the public and private trees of the Town.


For further information contact: 

Karen Longeteig

Phone #:  781 862 4094

Email:  Karen.Longeteig@gmail.com


Ready to join CLC or renew your membership? You can pay by credit card or use your PayPal account, or even do it the old-fashioned way (by mailing a check) at our membership page.

Thank you!

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