Nature at NewBridgeWhen you enter the NewBridge on the Charles campus, you’ll be surrounded by a special natural environment preserved for future generations as a place of both respite and recreation. Our 162-acre natural environment of fields, meadows, woodlands, wetlands, and riverfront are a source of lifelong learning, discovery, and delight for all ages.

The NewBridge campus includes a 100-acre nature preserve along the Charles River as well as the surrounding woods and wetlands which include maple, oak, white pine amongst other species, native grasses, vines and perennial wildflowers. Our woods and meadows are also home to many native birds —you may spot a great blue heron by the river or a red-tailed hawk in the tree canopy. Wild turkeys and white-tailed deer are also campus residents.

You’re invited to stroll on our two miles of walking trails along the Charles River adjoining our canoe and kayak launch. Outdoor gardens and sitting areas with sculptures are available throughout the campus, along with numerous landscaped gathering places for outdoor dining and events. If you love gardening, you can put your green thumb to use in our community gardens, or create your own private gardens if you live in our Cottage neighborhood.

Our canoe and kayak launch is part of the Dedham Water Trail, a continuous loop on the Charles River mapped and marked with signs noting historical and ecologically significant locations. Canoe and kayak storage on-site is available for residents.