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

Lexington Conservation Stewards' Open Space Open House

When: Saturday, October 24th1-3 p.m.
Where: Cary Memorial Library, Large Meeting Room

The Lexington Conservation Stewards invite you to join us for an afternoon of exploration and camaraderie as we celebrate the work of the Conservation Stewards and showcase Lexington's amazing open space resources. 

The event is geared toward folks that are interested in getting more involved with the Conservation Stewards and/or learning more about Lexington's conservation land. 

Attendees will hear a short presentation by Conservation Staff on the Conservation Stewards program and the work the Stewards have done over the past year. Then, attendees will visit different informational tables and talk with staff and Lead Stewards on topics such as trail maintenance, boardwalk construction, citizen science opportunities, Boy Scout/Girl Scout/Community Service project ideas, nature walks, and more! 

This is a great opportunity to get reacquainted with the Conservation Stewards, learn about upcoming projects and volunteer opportunities, and network with your fellow neighbors and nature enthusiasts. Light refreshments will be available.



Saturday, September 19, 8-10 AM Bird Walk at Dunback Meadow

Meet at the Allen Street entrance to Dunback Meadow. During the early fall many mi- grants return through our fields and woods. Warblers, finches, hawks, and sparrows may be seen. Children with adults and beginners are welcome. 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; 781-861-9241)

Sunday, September 27, 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Insects at Dunback Meadow

We will start at the Allen Street entrance to Dunback Meadow. Children with adults are welcome. Meet naturalist and nature photographer Tom Whelan on a nature walk at Dun- back Meadow. We will explore the Dunback Meadow area for fall insects: dragonflies, butterflies, bees, and other many-legged creatures. People attending are encouraged to bring cameras for insect photography. On the walk, we can discuss techniques and equip- ment for closeup photography. Severe inclement weather will cancel the walk.

Walk Leader: Tom Whelan (tom@whelanphoto.com; 781-915-9988)

Sunday, October 11, 1:30 2:30 p.m. Walk at Cotton Farm Upper Vine Brook

Meet at the parking area at Cotton Farm (entrance at 121 Marrett Road). Parking is lim- ited, but you can park along Marrett Road. Kids old enough to enjoy the walk are wel- come. We will walk by the apple orchard (Macouns--a bumper crop this yearare free for the taking) and then up through the gladed area to the Upper Vine Brook woods, ending at Highland Avenue. After returning to the parking area, for those who have additional time, we will cross over Marrett Road to Dunback Meadow and walk up to "four corners" and back. Highlights of the new Land Management Plan for Cotton Farm will be ex- plained. Rain or lightning will cancel the walk.

Walk Leader: Bob Hausslein (rhausslein@rcn.com; 781-862-9102)

Sunday, October 18, 1 3 p.m. West Farm-Liberty Heights-Sutherland Woods

We will meet at the corner of Oak Street and Bruce Road. Best parking is along Massa- chusetts Avenue on either side of the Oak Street intersection. Walk up Old Shade Street a short block to Bruce Road. Come explore a collection of Lexington's smaller Conserva- tion properties with some rewarding views on a fall afternoon. Come explore a collection of easy with the steepest grades along sidewalks for the most part.

Walk Leader: Keith Ohmart (kohmart@verizon.net; 781-862-6216)

Sunday, October 25 1:30 3:00 p.m. Native American Walk at Paint Mine

Find out about how Native Americans used the natural resources in this area. Find out why this area is called the Paint Mine. This walk will be especially oriented to families with children.
Check the CLC web site: (
http://www.clclex.org) for meeting location

Walk Leader: Fran Ludwig (fludwig12@yahoo.com)


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]

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.

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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