Welcome to CLC

Citizens for Lexington Conservation promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of our natural environment through education and advocacy.
CLC is a non-profit organization in the town of Lexington, Massachusetts.

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Upcoming Events

Hennessey Field Restoration Project Field Walk

Thursday, 8/6, 5:30-6:30 p.m., leaving from the Hennessey Barn

Hennessy Field Restoration Project
PDF of Powerpoint by Jordan McCarron explaining work to commence August 2015 at Hennessey Field
Hennessey Field Restoration Project Pres
Adobe Acrobat Document [2.0 MB]




Saturday, March 21, 1 - 2:30 PM       (Officially this is the last Winter Walk...)          

Winter Twig Walk at Hayden Woods

This walk is geared to adults and children 8 and up accompanied by an adult. Have you ever wondered how to identify trees in winter? Come learn how you can become a Twig Detective as we explore Hayden Woods. We will sharpen our observation skills, learn to use identification keys and develop an appreciation for the great variety of trees growing in Lexington. Terrain is varied so appropriate footwear is a must. Severe inclement weather will cancel the walk. Meet at the entrance at the end of Valleyfield St.

Walk Leader: Linda Arnow (linda.arnow@gmail.com781-861-7397).

Saturday, April 18, 11– 12 Noon

Butterfly Walk at Arlington’s Great Meadow

Participants will meet in the parking lot at Golden Living Center – Lexington, at 840 Emerson Gardens Rd. (off Maple Street) in East Lexington. The parking lot is on the right side of the facility, and drivers should park at the far end. This walk will be co- sponsored by Citizens for Lexington Conservation and the Massachusetts Butterfly Club. Butterfly enthusiast Tom Whelan will lead a walk to see two species of spring butterflies, Brown and Henry’s Elfins. These small, easily overlooked butterflies are found in many parts of the United States and Canada. Since these species overwinter in the chrysalis stage, their lives as adults begin butterflies. If time permits, additional insects will be sought at adjacent Infinity Pond, a certified vernal pool. People of all ages are welcome; children must be with an adult. Please sign up for the walk in advance, preferably by email (tom@whelanphoto.com) or phone (781-915-9988). Walk Leader, Tom Whelan, will notify those who sign up if the weather requires cancelling the event.

Wednesday, May 6, 8 -10 AM

Bird Walk at Dunback Meadow

Meet at the Allen Street entrance to Dunback Meadow. In early May we are in the midst of several weeks of migration as many species of birds quickly head north to their breeding grounds as well as the many birds who come to this area to spend the summer. In addition, we may find some of our residential birds, such as woodpeckers and hawks. Although the ground is slightly rough, the pace is slow so the walk is accessible to most. Children with adults and beginners are welcome. We will enjoy a varied habitat, including mixed woods, open fields, and a stream. Bring binoculars if you have them. Boots are recommended if there has been rain recently. Rain or lightning will cancel the walk.

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

Saturday, May 9, 8 – 10 AM

Warbler Walk in Lower Vine Brook

Meet at 116 Vine Street; call if you are lost. Check out the spring warbler migration in the Lower Vine Brook conservation area. Warblers are small, beautiful tropical birds that come north to breed. Many different species of warbler stop off in this sheltered area on their way to the forests in northern New England and Canada. Some stay, but as trees leaf they are more difficult to see. In the spring, depending on the weather and the foliage, you can sometimes find a dozen species in a morning. Children with adults are welcome. Bring warm clothes, boots if it’s wet, binoculars, and a bird book. No dogs. More than light rain or lightning will cancel the event. If the weather is uncertain call the leader.

Walk Leader: Harry West (hwest2020@gmail.com; 617-461-9500 mobile)

Thursday, May 14, Start at 4 PM

ACROSS Lexington’s Routes C & D

Meet at the Bikeway parking lot off Bow Street where the Minuteman Bikeway crosses. Join us for a guided walk on ACROSS Lexington’s newest routes. There will be an option part way through the walk to stay on Route C for an earlier return around 5:30 or branch off to Route D with an estimated return of 6:30 for those who want the full experience.

Walk Leaders: Eileen Entin (eileenhome@gmail.com; 781-862-6418), Bob Hausslein (rhausslein@rcn.com; 781-862-9102).

Saturday, May 16, 8 – 10 AM

Birds of Willard's Woods

Meet at Willard's Woods parking lot off North Street. We will hope to catch the peak of the spring migration with opportunities for warblers and flycatchers. We'll also look for nesting residents such as Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Pine Warbler. Willard's Woods has good trails on level ground. We will stop early if we encounter heavy rain.

Walk Leader: John Andrews (jandrews166@gmail.com; 781-862-6498)

Thursday, May 21, 2 – 3 PM

Pond Exploration at Parker Meadow Geared for children in grades K – 5 accompanied by an adult.
Meet at the Revere St. entrance to Parker Meadow. Limited parking is there; additional parking is available on neighborhood streets across Revere Street. Join Fran Ludwig for a prowl around Parker Meadow to look for signs of beavers, bugs, tadpoles, frogs and toads. 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.

Walk Leader: Fran Ludwig (Fludwig12@yahoo.com; 781-861-7231)

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.


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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

Please let us know if you would be interested in working with CLC in any capacity. Could you write a piece for the Newsletter? Lead a walk? Work on the website? Take a leadership role on the Board? Help manage marketing/outreach? Drop us a line if you think you can help - we always welcome new faces!

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.

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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