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DECEMBER 2019 PROGRAMS
DECEMBER 2019 PROGRAMS
at Fresh Pond Reservation
Offered by Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation and the Cambridge Water Department
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.
 
 
ONGOING WEEKLY OPPORTUNITIES
 
Tuesdays: Woodland Restoration Area Gardening
 Tuesdays in December, weather permitting, until Dec. 17
Between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm
Meets at the Woodland Habitat (Northeast Sector)
 
Join other stewardship-minded volunteers in caretaking the native plant restoration area next to Lusitania Meadow, and learn about the diversity of native plant life! We seek dedicated participants who enjoy camaraderie and hard work that includes weeding, pruning, planting, watering new plantings, hauling wood chips and moving logs. Please email friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com if you would like to come, and for more information.
 
 
Tuesdays: Fresh Air Walks
Tuesdays, December 3, 10 and 17
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower) 
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
These casual walks, led by Ranger Tim, will encompass Fresh Pond and take an informal look at each week in nature, life, and the city. Come alone or bring your co-workers! Parking passes available. Rain or shine. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov.   NO WALKS Dec 24 and Dec 31!
 
 
PUBLIC PROGRAMS
 
Hike and Sketch
Friday, December 6 
 1 to 3 pm
Register for meeting location
(Different locations each month)
 
This is a fun series! We share how to create, illustrate and maintain a Naturalist & Field journal. This includes practicing sketching, nature illustration skills, recording field observations, and simply writing about what we see and feel. The series runs the first Friday of the month. Over the year, we explore a few sites of the reservoir and cover ecology, phenology, birds, insects, mammals and the many critters that make the different habitats of Fresh Pond. Please bring your own (portable) art supplies, and RSVP on Eventbrite (https://bit.ly/2HNcR6r) because space is limited.
 
 
Last Chance (in 2019) Bird Walk 
Cancelled Due to Snowy/Icy Paths!
Saturday, December 7
 1 to 3 pm
 Register for location, parking information, and notice of cancellation due to weather
 
The parade of migrating waterfowl at Fresh Pond continues into early winter.  By December, the long-distance flyers such as canvasbacks and redheads have arrived, and all three merganser species may be present.  We’ll use a telescope to identify birds on the water, and we’ll use binoculars to look at over-wintering songbirds in the trees.  Dress warmly; it can be very cold and windy near the water!  Beginners are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Led by Nancy Guppy. To register and for parking and meeting information, e-mail Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at Black's Nook
Friday, December 13 
 11 am to 12 noon
Meets at the “Meeting Rocks” (where the meadow meets the perimeter road trail)
 
Come out for a seasonal walkabout with Ranger Jean 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 to enjoy the walk. Come dressed to be outdoors for the hour. All knowledge levels welcome. We will be walking off-path. To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at (508) 562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov. Heavy rain postpones to the following Friday.
 
 
Historical Photo Walk: Kingsley Park
Sunday, December 15
 12 noon to 1:30 pm
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower) 
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Have you ever wanted to look through a window back in time? With over 300 years of documented history, Fresh Pond has quite the storied past. Join the Cambridge Rangers as we walk around Kingsley Park at Fresh Pond Reservation and learn from the perspectives of several historic photos. Open to all audiences, service dogs only please. For questions or more information contact Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov.
 
 
Solstice Celebration: A Farewell to Fall 
Saturday, December 21
 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower) 
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
…And a Welcome to Winter! Join Ranger Tim on this guided loop walk around Fresh Pond (2.25-2.5mi) as we explore and take part in the solstice traditions of nature and culture along the way; a great way to jump into the holiday spirit. Open to all audiences. Rain or shine, dress for the weather at hand. tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for questions.
 

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

DONATIONS
Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation is an all-volunteer organization. We no longer collect membership dues as we did in the past, but we still need money to do our work. We pay professionals to lead programs, maintain this website, and buy supplies for our conservation work on the Reservation. If you would like to help us by making a donation, we would be grateful. Thank you!
 
                  You can donate online via Paypal by clicking HERE.
                  
                           Or you can mail a check to:
                           Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation
                           31 Mount Pleasant Street
                           Cambridge MA 02140-2613
 


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