Conservation Projects

In addition to annual maintenance and management of the town's conservation trails and meadows, the Lexington Conservation Division and Conservation Stewards are engaged in a number of projects to improve the town's conservation infrastructure, wildlife habitat, ecosystem health, and scenic value. See Archived Projects 

Find out About Our Current & Recent Projects

Map showing locations of story walk signage at Parker Meadow conservation area Opens in new windowThe Conservation Commission opened the public hearing for the Parker Meadow amended Order of Conditions (DEP# 201-1193) on June 12, 2023 and closed the hearing on July 10, 2023. The Conservation Commission will vote on a decision during the public meeting on July 24, 2023. The request for amended Order of Conditions was filed by the Town of Lexington Conservation Division for the installation of twenty story walk posts within the previously approved limit of work line at Parker Meadow.

Plans and documents are available for viewing online here:  

The Conservation Commission held a public meeting on 1-30-2023, 3-6-2023 and 5/15/2023 to discuss the story walk installation at Parker Meadow Conservation Area. During the 3-6-2023 meeting, the Commission voted to establish a working group made up of Conservation staff, Library staff, and Conservation Commission members to discuss options and identify next steps. 


Parker Meadow Conservation Area: 100% Construction Documents and Plant Schedule

Plant Substitutions: 

(3) Betula nigra (River Birch) Substituted with (3) red maple 
(9) Aronia arbutifolia, red chokeberry Substituted with (9) Aronia melanocarpa, black chokeberry straight species 
(10) Aesclepias incarnata, swamp milkweedSubstituted with Lobelia cardinalis, Eupatorium perfoliatum and Veronicastrum virginicum (based on availability) 

Parker Meadow is a 17-acre conservation parcel located just outside Lexington center with access from the Minuteman Bikeway featuring a pleasant mixture of forest, field, wetland, and a picturesque wildlife pond. In 2019, the Conservation Division engaged Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture (KZLA) to develop design plans for a fully accessible trail system, parking area, and pond overlook platform at the property. Throughout the fall of 2019 and into early spring 2020, KZLA worked to finalize plans and permitting. A first public forum was held in mid-October 2019 to solicit feedback from neighbors, Stewards, trail enthusiasts and the Commission on Disability. KZLA presented several design alternatives at a second public forum in mid-November 2019. View the Parker Meadow Final Concept Plan (PDF).  A Grand Opening of Parker Meadow was held in October 2022 to celebrate the numerous individuals and groups involved in the implementation of the project, including, but lot limited to, Conservation Staff, Stewards, the Parker Meadow Accessible Trail Working Group, the Commission on Disability, Kyle Zick Landscape Architects, and SumCo. Watch the video recording of the Grand Opening at Parker Meadow 

Constructed overlook at Parker Meadow Conservation area


wet meadow at Parker Meadow Conservation area

Parker Meadow signage

Heading out to explore Parker Meadow? Print out the Nature Scavenger Hunt and Fall 2022 Checklist (PDF) 

Parker Meadow Trail Map