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AUGUST and SEPTEMBER 2014

AUGUST 2014 PROGRAMS

at Fresh Pond Reservation

These events are FREE and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.
You will receive information on parking when you register. Registration information is below.

 

Wildflower Identification Using Newcomb's Wildflower Guide

Date: Saturday, August 2
Time: 1 to 3pm
Meeting Place : Water Purification Facility front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

If you find yourself wishing that you could identify the flowers that you see as you walk around Fresh Pond, this program may be just right for you! We will demonstrate the use of Newcomb's, a wildflower guide that really works; then we will identify some beautiful specimens in the nearby Water Department planting beds. We have Newcomb's guides and hand lenses to lend, or you can bring your own. Register with Elizabeth Wylde at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com or leave a message at 617-349-6489.

 

Volunteer Adventures at Fresh Pond with Ranger Jean

Dates: Saturdays, August 2 and 9
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Meeting Place :
Fresh Pond Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Go behind the scenes to see what's involved in maintaining Cambridge's most heavily visited open space. Volunteers will water trees, spread wood chips on pathways, remove invasive plants, take counts of park users, prune back brush, and help Ranger Jean with some of her other ranger duties. A list of adventures will be posted weekly in the Ranger Station as we see what needs to be done. Gloves, tools and good company provided. Bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes (no sandals!); long pants recommended. For more information contact Ranger Jean at jrogers@cambridgema.gov or call 508-562- 7605.

Fresh Pond Monarch Watch: Pod-a-Palooza!

Date: Monday, August 4
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Water Purification Facility front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Not only does the invasive weed black swallow-wort push out the milkweed which monarchs depend on,
it also confuses monarchs who accidentally lay their eggs on it, poisoning the caterpillars.
Help stop the spread - pick seed pods with us! This a low-impact weeding activity appropriate
for all ages - bring friends and family! Every pod we pick is at least a couple hundred seeds that won't sprout. Tools and gloves provided. Sturdy shoes, water bottle and bug repellant recommended.Learn more about Fresh Pond Monarch Watch at www.cambridgema.gov/Water/freshpondreservation.. For more information contact Kirsten at klindquist@cambridgema.gov or (617) 349-6489. No registration necessary.


A Tour of the Water Purification Facility

Date: Monday, August 4
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Water Purification Facility front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Find out how water that falls as rain in the suburbs 10 miles west of Cambridge is transported to Fresh Pond and then tested, treated and delivered to the city's residents and businesses! Members of the Cambridge Water Department staff will describe the process, answer your questions, and give a tour of the building. For more information contact Kirsten at klindquist@cambridgema.gov or (617) 349-6489. No registration necessary.

 

Wake-Up and Weed!

Date: Every Thursday in August
Time: 10 am to12 noon
Meeting Place . Meets at the volunteer trailer in the parking lot in front of the Water Dept .

Join our weed-warrior crew! We are Fresh Pond citizens dedicated to keeping invasive plants at bay for the benefit of wildlife, water and humans alike. No experience or long-term commitment necessary! All tools are provided; sturdy shoes, pants, long-sleeves and a water bottle are strongly recommended. For more information contact Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 / klindquist@cambridgema.gov . No registration necessary

 

Experience Fresh Pond through Nature Journaling

Date: Friday, August 8
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place : Maynard Ecology Center
650 Concord Avenue

Join Ranger Jean and Tobin School Volunteers for a single 2 hour session on nature journaling as a means of learning more about Fresh Pond over time. This is not a drawing class: it is more a methods experience. Bring a journal or simple drawing pad, some number 2 pencils and a gum eraser Starts at 10 am sharp. Please register in advance at 508 562-7605 or jrogers@cambridgema.gov to obtain reference materials electronically.

 

Get Ready to HONK!

Date: Sunday, August 10
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place : Fresh Pond Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Come learn about the HONK! parade and make signs, flags and masks of Living Things at Fresh Pond Reservation to be carried by marchers. At this program for people of all ages, you will learn about some of our wildlife, and color and prepare masks, signs and flags that represent them. All materials supplied. Go home with information about the Festival and sign up to join us in October for the event. For more information contact Ranger Jean at jrogers@cambridgema.gov or 508 562-7605.

 

Community Weedout: The Grateful Dead-Head

Date: Monday, August 11
Time:
6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place: The volunteer trailer in the parking lot in front of the Water Dept .

Sharpen those pruning shears and get your groove on - we've got weeds to dead-head! Thistles and burdock to be exact. Now's our chance to stop seed spread from invasive weeds we missed earlier in the season. Tie-dye attire encouraged, family-friendly boombox of good jams provided. Sturdy shoes, long pants and sleeves, water bottle and bug repellent recommended. Leather gloves and shears will be available. For more information contact Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 / klindquist@cambridgema.gov . No registration necessary

 

Fresh Pond Monarch Watch: Caterpillar Check-up & Release Preparation

Date: Tuesday, August 12
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place : Ranger Station Door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Reservation staff are raising monarch caterpillars for release! This butterfly species is under threat and we're taking action to protect them (and help our local habitats) at Fresh Pond. Come see how the caterpillars are growing, learn how you can help, and prepare crafts for our big release in August! Learn more about the project at www.cambridgema.gov/Water/freshpondreservation.

 

Fresh Pond Monarch Watch: Pod Patrol

Date: Monday, August 18
Time:
6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place: The volunteer trailer in the parking lot in front of the Water Dept .

This is round two of the pod-picking campaign to stop the spread of the highly invasive black swallow-wort. This will be a low-impact weeding session great for all ages! Every pod we pick is at least a couple hundred seeds that won't sprout. Tools and gloves provided. Sturdy shoes, water bottle and bug repellant recommended. Learn more about Fresh Pond Monarch Watch at www.cambridgema.gov/Water/freshpondreservation. For more information contact Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 / klindquist@cambridgema.gov . No registration necessary

 

Fresh Pond Monarch Watch: Butterfly Release Ceremony

Date: Saturday, August 23
Time:2
to 3:30 pm
Meeting Place: Cambridge Water Department
front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

This is the big day all our hard work has been for - the release of our monarchs back into the wild! A parade - open to all (decorations and noisemakers encouraged!) - will take us from the Water Treatment Facility to Lusitania Meadow, where we’ll have a little ceremony and finally send our butterflies off into the meadow. Feel free to just meet us at the meadow too! For more information contact Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 / klindquist@cambridgema.gov . No registration necessary.


Composting 101

Date: Monday, August 25
Time:
6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place: Cambridge Water Department
front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Learn options to compost food scraps and reduce food waste! Cambridge's Recycling Director, Ms. Randi Mail, will review best practices for outdoor and indoor composting, and options for drop-off and bicycle pickup. Recycling food scraps into soil is rewarding, benefits your plants and helps to curb climate change! Americans waste over 40% of the food we produce (over $100 billion value) - be part of the change, right in your own home! Please REGISTER for this workshop: email recycle@cambridgema.gov or call (617) 349-6489. For more information contact Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 / klindquist@cambridgema.gov . No registration necessary


 


Learn about growing Native Plants: Visit the website of
GROW NATIVE MASSACHUSETTS

 

You can sign up for the
City of Cambridge's user-friendly and informative

Recycling and Composting Newsletter
by emailing recycle@cambridgema.gov

Also, check out the Recycling Division's
Website

 

 Please register for each event that you plan to attend:
You will receive directions and information on parking in response to your registration.
Follow registration directions included with each program description

To receive monthly email program announcements, send an email to friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SEPTEMBER 2014 PROGRAMS

at Fresh Pond Reservation

These events are FREE and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.
You will receive information on parking when you register. Registration information is below.

 

Wake Up and Weed

Date: Thursday mornings in September
Time:
10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place: Volunteer Trailer, Cambridge Water Department Parking Lot
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Join our weed-warrior crew! We are Fresh Pond citizens dedicated to keeping invasive plants at bay for the benefit of wildlife, water and humans alike. No experience or long-term commitment necessary! All tools are provided; sturdy shoes, pants, long-sleeves and a water bottle are strongly recommended. Contact: Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 / klindquist@cambridgema.gov for more information.


Early Migration Bird Walk

Date: Saturday, September 6
Time:
8 to 10 am
Meeting Place: Register for location and parking information

Many birds stop at Fresh Pond to rest and eat while heading south for the winter. In early September, we may see migrating warblers in their non-breeding plumage, herons, and several species of ducks. We also might see summer residents that will soon be leaving, and birds such as woodpeckers that stay year-round. Beginners are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. To register and for important parking information, email Elizabeth at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com or call 617-349-6489 during business hours.

 

A Tour of the Water Purification Facility

Date: Monday, September 8
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Water Purification Facility front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Find out how water that falls as rain in the suburbs 10 miles west of Cambridge is transported to Fresh Pond and then tested, treated and delivered to the city's residents and businesses! Members of the Cambridge Water Department staff will describe the process, answer your questions, and give a tour of the building. For more information contact Kirsten at klindquist@cambridgema.gov or (617) 349-6489. No registration necessary.

 

Neville Place Weed-Out

Date: Wednesday, September 10
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place: Maher Park parking lot
650 Concord Avenue

Mugwort, burdock and garlic mustard, oh my! Come help keep invasive weeds in check and out of the butterfly meadow and woodland edges around Neville Place. We will meet at Maher Park, (650 Concord Ave, shares entrance with Neville Place) then walk to our work site. Please wear sturdy shoes! Long pants and sleeves, bug spray and water bottle recommended. Tools and gloves provided. For more information contact Kirsten at klindquist@cambridgema.gov or (617) 349-6489. No registration necessary.

 

Fresh Pond Kids' Walks

Date: Fridays, September 12, 19, 26
Time: 10 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place: Maher Park parking lot
650 Concord Avenue

Join CWD staff on ambles to discover the wildlife and sights of Fresh Pond! Possible exploits include puddle- jumping, nature crafts, insect safaris, and storytime. Please come ready for adventure with your grownup(s), your own drink and snack, and clothes that are OK to get a little dirty. We hope you can come play! Heavy rain, thunder, and/or extreme heat cancels.
For more information and parking directions, contact Kirsten at klindquist@cambridgema.gov or (617) 349-6489. No registration necessary.

 

Volunteer Adventure with Ranger Jean

Date: Saturday, September 13
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place : Huron Ave Gate House opposite Park Ave. (street side)

Work with Ranger Jean moving woods chips onto a hillside path to help stem erosion. We'll provide gloves, tools and good company. Bring your own water bottle. Boots or sneakers are required wear. Contact: Ranger Jean Rogers at jrogers@cambridgema.gov or call 617-349-4793.

 

Paint with Words: Nature Writing for All Ages

Date: Saturday, September 13
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place : Maynard Ecology Center, Neville Place lower level
650 Concord Avenue

In this family-friendly workshop, participants will write a concrete poem about something they observe at Fresh Pond. A concrete poem is a poem in the shape of its subject-a picture made out of words. The workshop will be led by local children's writer Sarah Tuttle. All ages welcome. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Come with your family and friends or by yourself to try out this fun poetic form-no rhymes required! For more information and parking directions, contact Kirsten at klindquist@cambridgema.gov or (617) 349-6489. No registration necessary.


Preparing to HONK!

Date: Sunday, September 14
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place : Fresh Pond Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Learn about the October HONK! Parade and make signs, flags and masks of Living Things at Fresh Pond Reservation to be worn by marchers. People of all ages welcome; all materials supplied. Learn how you can be in the parade too! . For more information Contact: Ranger Jean Rogers at jrogers@cambridgema.gov or call 617-349-4793. No registration necessary.


Evening Plant Identification Walk

Date: Monday, September 15
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Water Purification Facility front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Ted Elliman from New England Wild Flower Society will be your guide to plants found at Fresh Pond. In addition to learning how to identify specific plants, find out about their natural history, traditional uses, and ecology. Sign up early for this popular program! REGISTRATION REQUIRED for this popular program! Contact Kirsten at klindquist@cambridgema.gov or (617) 349-6489.

 

A Fresh Pond History Walkabout

Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place : Fresh Pond Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

In celebration of Cambridge Discovery Days, learn about Fresh Pond's past while we walk through the recently restored Northeast Sector and beyond to Black's Nook. The program will start at the Ranger Station and ends at Maher Park on Concord Avenue. Wear comfortable shoes. Distance: about 1.5 miles. Contact: Ranger Jean Rogers at jrogers@cambridgema.gov or call 617-349-4793. No registration necessary.

 

Community Weedout: Smorgasbord!

Date: Monday, September 22
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Volunteer Trailer, Cambridge Water Department Parking Lot
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

We’ll tackle the smorgasbord of weeds at the end of the growing season. Digging, dead-heading, and weed-wrenching are all possible! Gloves and tools provided; please wear sturdy shoes. Long pants, sleeves, bug spray and a water bottle recommended. For more information contact Kirsten at klindquist@cambridgema.gov or (617) 349-6489. No registration necessary.


National Public Lands Day Stewardship

Date: Saturday, September 27
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 pm
Meeting Place : Fresh Pond Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Join People Making a Difference (PMD) and Ranger Jean to help with a variety of stewardship tasks while learning about Fresh Pond Reservation and the resources it provides the community. Tools, gloves and good company provided. Please wear sneakers or boots. No sandals. . Please click HERE for more information and to register for this event.


Drawing from Nature

Dates: Saturday, September 27
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Meeting Place : Maynard Ecology Center, Neville Place lower level
650 Concord Avenue

Cambridge artist and teacher Janet Hobbs offers a pencil-drawing class for those who would like to develop their drawing and observational skills. Adults and children ages 10 and older of all experience levels are welcome. We will provide soft lead pencils and paper-bring your own folding stool or chair and your own colored pencils if you have a set. We'll stay indoors if it rains. Limited to 12 participants To register and for important parking information, email Elizabeth at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com or call 617-349-6489 during business hours.


Ectomycorrhizal Fungi: The Underground Story

Date: Sunday, September 28
Time:
2 to 4 pm
Meeting Place : Maynard Ecology Center, Neville Place lower level
650 Concord Avenue

Harvard biologist Rosanne Healy studies the associations between our native trees and the fungi that surround their roots and are essential to the trees' survival. She will describe these relationships and show us photos of the fungi, many of which produce mushrooms that are found at Fresh Pond. Weather permitting, we will also take a walk to look for some of the mushrooms. There will be time for questions and refreshments.
To register and for important parking information, email Elizabeth at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com or call 617-349-6489 during business hours.


 


Learn about growing Native Plants: Visit the website of
GROW NATIVE MASSACHUSETTS

 

You can sign up for the
City of Cambridge's user-friendly and informative

Recycling and Composting Newsletter
by emailing recycle@cambridgema.gov

Also, check out the Recycling Division's
Website

 

 Please register for each event that you plan to attend:
You will receive directions and information on parking in response to your registration.
Follow registration directions included with each program description

To receive monthly email program announcements, send an email to friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Programs Offered by
The Cambridge Water Department
Spring, Summer and Fall 2014

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The Fresh Pond Reservation Stewardship Program

Fresh Pond Reservation users are getting involved! The Cambridge Water Department's Fresh Pond Reservation Stewardship Program brings people together on a regular basis to monitor plants, conduct maintenance activities, and to learn about the ecology and history of the area. You can find out about projects that are being planned for this summer, including invasive plants removal, Purple Loosestrife monitoring, bird box monitoring, and more. Call Kirsten Kindquist at 617-349 6489 or email klindquist@cambridgema.gov for more information.

REMOVAL OF INVAISVE WEEDS

No experience necessary and all tools are provided! Long sleeves, pants and a water bottle are recommended. Latecomers are welcome; please find us at the Black's Nook bulletin board. Parking is available at the Maher Park lot. No need to register - just come!.

Thursday Morning Weeding Starts April 24, 10AM-12 NOON
Meet at the Volunteer Trailer in the Water Department parking lot at 10 am

Evening Weeding Starts Tuesday, April 29, 6 to 7:30 pm
Meet at the Volunteer Trailer in the Water Department parking lot at 6 pm
Future evening sessions will be scheduled for either Monday or Tuesday evenings.
Email Kirsten at klindquist@cambridgema.gov to have your name added to the Stewards mailing list for regular updates.

Call Kirsten Kindquist at 617-349 6489 or email klindquist@cambridgema.gov for more information.
Regular Meeting Place : The volunteer trailer, parked in the Water Department parking lot.
What to bring: water, closed-toe shoes, long sleeves to prevent bug bites, hat if it is sunny, sun lotion. Your own gloves if you prefer them.
We provide: gloves, tools, instructions, good companyemail klindquist@cambridgema.gov for more information.

Tours of the Water Purification Facility


Dates: Monday Evenings: May 5, June 9, July 7, August 4,
September 8, October 6, November 3
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Location: Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge

The Cambridge Water Department is offering tours of the City's beautiful Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility. The program will include a virtual tour of the Cambridge water supply system, explaining the process by which water that falls as rain in the suburbs 10 miles west of Cambridge is transported to Fresh Pond and made into pure drinking water for our city. Come, and bring your questions. For more information and parking directions, contact Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 / klindquist@cambridgema.gov

Fresh Pond Plant Identification Walks


Dates: Monday Evenings:June 16, Sept 15
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place: Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Front Door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge

Ted Elliman, New England Wild Flower botanist and author of an upcoming plant guide, will lead walks around the reservation, highlighting some of the Reservation's more common native and non-native plants, and describing their roles in the ecosystem. For more information and parking directions, contact Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 / klindquist@cambridgema.gov

The Cambridge Water Department
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
Cambridge, MA, 02138
617-349 6489
www.cambridgema.gov/cwd/