An introduction to the natural and cultural history of Black’s Nook. Walk is ¼ mile on an accessible pathway. Tour will adjust to attendee’s interests and abilities. Parking passes available for those without resident stickers. Contact Chief Ranger Jean Rogers to register at 617 349-4793 or firstname.lastname@example.org Lunch available after at Neville Place for a nominal fee.
Monday Night Weed Outs
August 7th, 21st and 28th
5:30 - 7:30pm
Meeting place: Maher Park parking lot, 650 Concord Ave.
Join experienced Fresh Pond Stewards in improving wildlife habitat by removing invasive plants and collecting wildflower seeds. Tools and instruction provided. Wear long pants and socks you can tuck your trousers in. Bring water bottle and insect repellent. Contact Jean Rogers at 508-562-7605 to let us know you are coming.
Families Explore the Cattails of Lusitania Meadow, Home of the Mighty Red-winged Blackbirds
Thursday, August 10th
Meeting place: Lusitania Meadow Meeting Rocks
There are only a few places in Cambridge where cattails grow. And it’s only in those places you’ll see the mighty red- winged blackbirds. Make a red-winged black bird mask or bring your own from the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project Program and then explore these amazing plants that the birds need in their neighborhood and find how they are connected. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Ranger Jean to register at 617 349-4793 or email@example.com
Family-friendly Bug Walk
Saturday, August 12th
9:30 - 11:00am
Meeting place: Gazebo by Maher Park, 650 Concord Ave.
Be a bug detective! Join Tom Murray for an exploration of the Reservation. We will see what insects, spiders, and other critters we can find. Please RSVP with Catherine Pedemonti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fresh Pond Nature Walk
Sunday, August 13th
9:30 - 11:00am
Meeting location: Gazebo near Maher Park, 650 Concord Ave.
Join us for a walk through our urban wild. We will explore together the flora and fauna of the Reservation, noting bloom and berry; birds and bugs; and beyond! Feel free to bring binoculars, field guides, a hand lens, journal, camera... or just bring yourself! Beginners are welcome, as are children. Please RSVP with Catherine Pedemonti at email@example.com.
Fresh Pond Drainage and Community Gardens Project -
What’s Been Going on Behind the Fence?
Monday August 14th
6:00 - 7:00pm
Meeting place: Water Purification Facility Main Door
Have you been walking by the construction and wondering about what you’re seeing? Join us for a brief walk on the detour path so we can identify the elements of the project and answer your questions. We’ll also have an artist’s rendering of the completed project so you’ll know what to look forward to when the project is completed. Contact Ranger Jean to register at 617 349-4793 or firstname.lastname@example.org Bring a picnic and enjoy the Reservation after the program.
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour
Monday, August 14th
6:00 - 7:30pm
Meeting Place: 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! You’ll have the chance to speak with water treatment staff, see the equipment in action, and check out our water quality lab. Advance notice is appreciated if coming with a large group. For more information or to RSVP, please contact (617) 349-6489 or email@example.com.
Family Tree Leaf Scavenger Hunt at Maher Park
Thursday, August 17th
10:30 - 11:30am
Meeting place: Gazebo near Maher Park, 650 Concord Ave.
Leaves are great summertime way to know trees. We’ll make some leaf rubbings and then walk Maher Park to find the leaves on the trees. Come early if you need a parking pass. This is not a drop-in program. Contact Ranger Jean to register at 617 349-4793 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring a picnic and enjoy the Reservation after the program.
Seasonal Walkabout at Black’s Nook
Friday, August 18th
10:30 - 11:30am
Meeting place: Maher parking lot, 650 Concord Ave
Join Ranger Jean for a seasonal walkabout at Black’s Nook. We will monitor wildlife by sign, track or presence, and make note of weather, state of plants, condition of water and other abiotic resources. You can help chart the seasonal changes of some of our most active wildlife spots, or simply come and enjoy the walk. Come dressed to be outdoors for the hour. People of all abilities and knowledge levels welcome. Service dogs only please. Extreme weather cancels. To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at (508)-562-7605 or email email@example.com.