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 AUGUST 2018 PROGRAMS
 and a Lecture Series, Below
URBAN GARDENING SERIES
 
AUGUST 2018 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
 
Mondays: Fresh Pond Stewards
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Meets at the volunteer trailer near the front of the Water Treatment Facility, 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. Meets at the volunteer trailer in the lower parking lot. Contact tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for more information.
 
 
Tuesdays: Woodland Restoration Area Gardening
Between 9:30am and 1:00pm
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.
 
 
Wednesdays: Fresh Air Walks*
12:00 to 1:30pm
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
*Does not meet on August 1*.  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! Rain or shine. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov 
 
 
Thursdays: Fresh Pond Stewards
10:00am to 12:00 noon
Meets at the volunteer trailer near the front of the Water Treatment Facility, 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. Meets at the volunteer trailer in the lower parking lot. Contact tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for more information.
 
 
PUBLIC PROGRAMS
 
Walter J Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour
Monday, August 13
6:00pm to 7:30pm 
Meets at the front door, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Come learn how the Cambridge Water Department purifies drinking water for your tap after it’s conveyed from nearby Fresh Pond into our facility.  You’ll have the chance to speak with water treatment staff, see the equipment in action and check out our water quality lab!  For more information, contact Ranger Tim at (617) 349-6489 or  tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov.  Please call ahead if coming with a large group.
 
 
Birds' World by Earthwise Aware
Wednesday, August 15
9:30 am to 12:00 noon
 Meets outside the Ranger Station at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
      What are birds really? Discuss birds’ classification, behavior, their ecology, and importance. Learn how to sketch and describe birds in a Nature journal (and where to share our observations). Observe and practice how to spot (including how to master binoculars and scope), and how to identify our local birds by sound, shape, flight, behavior and more… Learn how to sketch and describe the birds that we see, without forgetting to observe and record the other species around. Recommended 14+
      It's an RSVP event. We favor event quality over attendance quantity, so this is a limited size participants event. To reserve your spot, email Claire (at Claire.Oneill@earthwiseaware.org) or register directly to this event here » https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ewa-at-fresh-pond-birds-world-tickets-48176890376 
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at Black's Nook
Friday, August 17
11 am to 12 noon
Meets at Maher Park (650 Concord Ave)
 
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. 
 
 
Fresh Pond Bat Walk
Friday, August 17
6:30 to 8:30 pm
Registration Required (Rain date: Sat. July 21)
 
At dusk, bats leave their roosts to feed on flying insects. Join Pete Mellor and park staff for a walk at Fresh Pond Reservation. Aided by a detector that amplifies the bats’ otherwise inaudible high-frequency chirps, bat watchers can monitor and catalogue the species that call the City of Cambridge home. Group size is limited, please send reservation request to citybatwalk@gmail.com All Ages. Service dogs only.
 
 
 
Fifth Annual Monarch Butterfly Release Celebration
Sunday, August 19
2:00 to 3:30 pm
Meets at the Ranger Station at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
      Join us to celebrate the growth of our monarch caterpillars into beautiful butterflies, and wish them luck on their long migration to Mexico. A family-friendly parade, open to all (costumes and noisemakers welcome) will take us from the Water Treatment Facility to a native meadow, where we’ll send our butterflies off into the flowers. Feel free to just meet us at the meadow too! Hang out and watch them flutter-by! Volunteers needed to help with decorations, crafts, and costumes.
      RSVPs and questions? Contact Ranger Tim at (617) 349-6489 or tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov. Project information located at www.cambridgema.gov/monarchwatch. Keep up-to-date with our Facebook page .
 
A Walk on the Wild (Edibles) Side:
Fresh Pond Edition with Russ Cohen
Tuesday, August 21 
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Meets outside the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Parkway (under the clock tower)
 
The area in and around Cambridge is home to over 50 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Many of these species grow within the Fresh Pond Reservation.  While gathering wild edibles is not permitted within the Reservation, it is a good place to learn about them. Many of these same species can readily be found elsewhere in Cambridge, perhaps even in your own backyard.  Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten, for a two-hour ramble at Fresh Pond to learn about at least 18 species of edible wild plants. Russ will present information for each species on identification tips, edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods, as well as general guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging. Please email tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov to RSVP.
 
 
Animal Detectives: The Insect Olympics
Sunday, August 26
11:00 am to 12:00 noon
Meets at the Ranger Station at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway under  the clock tower
 
August’s spotlight is on the world of insects. They’re everywhere and full of hidden talents, let’s explore together how they live. This family program is best suited for kids between 4 and 12. Accompanying adult must be present, service dogs only please, and dress appropriately as this is an outdoor program. Groups please check-in with Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov prior to Thursday, August 23rd.
 
 
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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New England Wild Flower Society's

URBAN GARDENING SERIES

The following classes are part of our Urban Gardening Series a set of classes designed to help city dwellers grow healthy, sustainable, and beautiful urban gardens. Led by Society staff in partnership with the Cambridge Conservation Commission, these FREE classes take place in the lecture hall at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138.

 
  
Native Lawn Alternatives for Urban Spaces
Date: Saturday, July 28
Time: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
Meeting Place: Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway,Cambridge, MA
Instructor: Mark Richardson
“Lawns are a soul-crushing time suck” cries the media. Lawn covers more surface area of the U.S. than any other single irrigated crop, according to NASA. Lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Learn some of the best, environmentally friendly lawn alternatives for urban gardens.
 
Native Plants for New England Gardens -- Book Talk
Date: Saturday, August 18
Time: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
Meeting Place: Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway,Cambridge, MA
Instructor: Dan Jaffe
Dan Jaffe, coauthor of Native Plants for New England Gardens, wants to teach you how to create lovely, low-maintenance gardens that support biodiversity and thrive in New England. This handy guide to more than 100 great native perennials, trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses, and vines features practical information accompanied by beautiful color photography. Join him for this informative discussion about native plants and all their garden uses–from plants to use instead of mulch to tough plants for urban gardens.
These FREE classes take place in the lecture hall at the
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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