Friends of the North 40
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Wellesley’s "Emerald Necklace" includes Fuller Brook Park which intersects with both the Guernsey Path and Crosstown Trail, through the North 40 forest along the Cochituate aqueduct, through the Morse’s Pond pine forest valley, across the twin frog ponds, past the Wellesley Conservation Council (WCC) Coveside Bank Sanctuary, along the north side of Morse’s Pond, past the scenic view of the pond at Pine Point forest, past the WCC Pickle Point Sanctuary and Bird Island Sanctuary, and across the Boulder Brook aqueduct gatehouse. Wellesley’s series of parkways, based on those in Boston’s Emerald Necklace, serve to connect various parks and open spaces and provide an alternative to our town’s main thoroughfares.


Morses Pond, Cochituate Aqueduct and North 40 Trail Guide


Also see:


Morses Pond, North 40, Cochituate Aqueduct Trail Map


Wellesley Town Trail Descriptions/points of interest and Suggested Walks


Wellesley Trails and Open Space Map


Wellesley Trails Home Page



The North 40 was purchased in part with $10 million dollars of funding from the CPA. The Community Preservation Committee has proposed the acreage to be under deed restriction to the Select Board. Watch the discussion from the November 14 Select Board meeting starting at 1hour 26minutes.

The Wellesley Trails Committee submitted a Statement on Protecting the North 40 to Town Boards. Read it here:

Trails Committee Statement on Protecting[...]
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Ribbon Cutting at the Vernal Pool

The skies cleared for a beautiful ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the boardwalk at the North 40 Vernal Pool, which provides both access and protection to this important resource. 


Selectman Jack Morgan and NRC Director Brandon Schmitt addressed the large crowd in attendance, and lead volunteer Bill Giezentanner had the honor of cutting the ribbon. The boardwalk was funded by the Community Preservation Act (CPA), and built with over 500 hours of volunteer labor.


See the video about the boardwalk here.

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
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