Friends of the North 40
 Friends of the North 40   

Location, Location, Location

The North 40 is contiguous to Morses Pond, making this area an important wildlife corridor.

The North 40's forty-six acres form a triangle bounded by Central Street, Weston Road and Turner Road in Wellesley, Massachusetts.


The North 40 holds the following attributes:

  • Located over an aquifer

  • Part of a Zone II Water Supply Protection District

  • Valuable ecosystem (which includes a vernal pool)

  • Large wildlife corridor (contiguous to Morses Pond)

  • Part of our Town's valued trails system

  • Hosts community gardens

  • Provides passive recreation to residents

  • Enjoyed by the public for decades.

This map shows that the North 40 is in a Groundwater Resource Area for Wellesley drinking water wells. The underground aquifers are shown in grey and pink. 

This Open Space Map shows current land use. The dark green and dark purple areas are Town and State owned Article 97 protected lands. See the legend below for more information. (Please note this map does not show the pending purchase of the North 40.) More information about open space data can be found in this Natural Resources Commission Report.

Wellesley Open Space Map

What's going on at the North 40?

Residents who regularly visit the North 40 – and specifically, the part that was once a dump site – have noticed town employees in the area and heard rumors that trees are going to be removed. Read more...

Vernal Pool Cleanup

Thanks to all of the volunteers who help to maintain this important resource area. Learn more and see photos.

(Spotted Salamander photo courtesy of Joy Marzolf)

Weston Road Gardens will soon be in bloom and bounty! Have a look.

There's even a video:


Wellesley Selectman Barbara Searle and Wellesley College's Ben Hammond sign closing papers. Photo courtesy of Wellesley Townsman

Thank you!

Over 500 People Explored the North 40!

Raptors, Goats and You!

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

Frank Lloyd Wright

NRC's 10 Reasons to Preserve North 40
NRC N40 10 Reasons.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.1 MB]

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