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SEPTEMBER 2017 PROGRAMS

 and a Gardening Lecture Series, Below 
 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2017 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.
 
Learn with us!
 
Welcome to Fresh Pond! @ Kingsley Park
Date: Saturday, September 2
Time: 11 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:
Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Are you new to Cambridge or Fresh Pond? Looking to learn more about restoration on the reservation? Join Ranger Jean for an introductory tour of Kingsley Park. The tour will cover the rich human and natural history of the land, as well as new improvements. A great opportunity to bring questions or to see what Fresh Pond Reservation is all about! For RSVPs or questions, please email jrogers@cambridgema.gov   or call at 508-562-7605.
 
 
Early Migration Bird Walk
Date: Sunday, September 3
Time: 8 to 10 am
Meeting Place: 
Register for parking, meeting, and weather cancellation information
 
Many birds stop at Fresh Pond to rest and eat while heading south for the winter. In September we look for migrating warblers in their non-breeding plumage and several species of ducks. We also might see local summer residents such as herons, vireos and orioles that will soon be leaving and birds that stay year-round, such as woodpeckers and hawks. Beginners are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Led by Nancy Guppy. To register and for important parking information, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at Black’s Nook
Date: Friday, September 8
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place:
Mahr Park parking Lot
650 Concord Avenue
 
Come out 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 jrogers@cambridgema.gov
 
 
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour
Date: Monday, September 11
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Water Purification Facility Main  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 fpr@cambridgema.gov
 
 
Discover Lusitania Wet Meadow
(Part of Cambridge Discovery Days)
Date: Saturday, September 16
Time: 10 to 11 am
Meeting Place:
Meeting rocks on the southwest corner of the meadow.
 
The tour will cover the rich human and natural history of the land, as well as recent improvements. A great opportunity to bring questions or to see what Fresh Pond Reservation is all about! For any RSVPs or questions, please email jrogers@cambridgema.gov
 

 
Cycle to the Source
Date: Saturday, September 23
Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Meeting Place:
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Main  Door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Come explore the Cambridge Watershed with the Cambridge Water Department staff and guides from Urban Adventours to learn about where your water comes from! This is a guided, 33 mile bike ride that explores the lands in Lincoln, Lexington, Weston, and Waltham that make up the watershed. It will include stops at the reservoirs, dams, gatehouses, and Cambridge Water Department  field office.  Registration is REQUIRED:  http://bit.do/cycletothesource2017 or contact Michelle O’Donnell at modennell@cambridgema.gov 617 349-7712.  Registration closes Sept 19.
 
 
The Fresh Pond Drainage and Community Gardens Project- What’s Going on Behind the Fence
 
Date: Monday September 25
Time: 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Meeting Place:
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Main  Door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
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 jrogers@cambridgema.gov 
 
 
For Kids!
 
Fresh Pond Kids’ Walks
Date: Fridays, beginning September 8
Time: 10 to 11 am
Meeting Place:
Gazebo at Neville Place, near Maher Park,
650 Concord Avenue
 
Join us for casual nature explorations, designed for young kids and their parents/caretakers, and play in our urban wild!  We might look for frogs and turtles at Black’s Nook, or find pill bugs and bird nests in the Butterfly Meadow. Please come dressed ready for the weather and in clothes that are OK to get a bit dirty! Feel free to contact Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com with any questions.
 
 
Fresh Pond After-school Kids' Walks
Date: Fridays, September 15 and 29
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Gazebo at Neville Place, near Maher Park,
650 Concord Avenue
 
Join us for an after-school romp in our urban wilds! This program is intended for kids of all ages accompanied by their parents/caretakers. Please come dressed for the weather and in clothes that are ok to get dirty. Feel free to contact Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com with any questions.
 
 
Welcome to Fresh Pond! for Families with Young Children
Date: Sunday, September 10
Time: 11 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:
Maher Park Parking Lot
650 Concord Avenue
 
Are you new to Cambridge or Fresh Pond? Looking to learn more opportunities for your family to enjoy the Reservation? Join Ranger Jean for a leaf scavenger hunt while we move around this area of the reservation and talk about activities and programs for your families. Children will make leaf rubbings and find the trees that grew their leaves while we get to talk.  A great opportunity to bring questions or to see what Fresh Pond Reservation is all about! For any RSVPs or questions, please email jrogers@cambridgema.gov Bring a picnic to enjoy afterward!
 
 
Fairy and Hobbit House Building
Date: Saturday, September 23
Time: 10:30am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:
Kingsley Park, Outlook near upper parking lot
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Come dressed as a fairy, elf, or gnome, and help us create some houses for the magical creatures of Fresh Pond to inhabit! We might also look at a book or two, and make some magic-inspired arts and crafts. Stop at our nature-inspired playground on your way, or bring a picnic to enjoy after the program! Please contact Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com with any questions or to RSVP.
 
 
Things that Fly: Get Ready to Honk!
Date: Saturday, September 30
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Ranger Jean and the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project invite kids age 4–8 with a parent, grandparent, or other adult to come to Fresh Pond for an art-full afternoon. Come to learn a bit about things in our city that fly, including birds, insects, and even seeds! Make an owl mask or a bee puppet that you can wear on October 8th at the Honk! Parade (between Davis and Harvard Square) with the Cambridge Wildlife marching group. To register email jrogers@cambridgema.gov or call 508 562-7605.
 
 
Volunteer!
 
Monday Night Weed Outs with Fresh Pond Stewards
Date: Mondays, September 11, and 18
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm or until dark
Meeting Place:
Maher Park Parking Lot
650 Concord Avenue
 
Join experienced volunteers to remove invasive plants from the Butterfly Meadow.  Tools, gloves, and good company provided.  Please bring water bottle and wear long pants and sleeves as well as boots or sneakers. Groups please contact us at 508-562-7605 to register so we have enough tools.
 
 
Woodland Restoration Area Gardening
Date: Tuesdays in September
Time: 9:30 am to 1 pm
Meeting Place:
See below
 
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.
 
 
Fresh Pond Stewards: Wake Up and Weed!
Date: Thursdays in September
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:
Water Purification Facility 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. Meets at the volunteer trailer in the lower parking lot.
 
 
Volunteer Saturday
Date: Saturday, September 16
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place:
Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Help spread wood chips on hillside trails to stem erosion with local alums of Rochester Technical Institute.  We’ll provide tools and gloves.  Please bring a water bottle and wear long pants and sleeves as well as sturdy shoes.
 
 

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.

 
Building a Drought-Tolerant Garden
Date: Tuesday, September 5
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place: Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
l1449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
There are drought-tolerant plants and then there are the drought-tolerant superstars. Join Dan Jaffe to explore landscaping techniques for drought-proofing your garden. Learn which plants managed best during the worst drought on record—from bee balms for dry, sandy sites to the toughest black-eyed Susans. Presenter: Dan Jaffee
 
 
Pruning Fundamentals 
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 10:30  to 11:30 am
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
l1449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Proper pruning of trees and shrubs improves their health and structure while enhancing their appearance in the landscape. Learn basic pruning principles, including how to make proper cuts, when to prune different species, and how to select and maintain tools. Presenter: Anna Fialkoff
 
 
Plants for the Winter Garden 
Date: Saturday, December 16
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place: Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
l1449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
It’s relatively easy to design a garden for the peak of the spring bloom, but more challenging to create one that looks beautiful in the dead of winter. Learn about the many native plants that offer winter interest and how they can help your garden shine in the darkest season. Presenter: Mark Richardson
 
 
Native Lawn Alternatives
Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
l1449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
“Lawns are a soul-crushing timesuck...,” reads the headline of a recent article on washingtonpost.com. According to NASA, more surface area in the U.S. is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop. 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. Presenter: Mark Richardson
 
Rain Gardens
Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time:  1 to 2:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
l1449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
By cleaning, cooling, and slowing runoff before it pollutes water bodies, rain gardens can play a significant role in urban and suburban areas. Learn how rain gardens work, how you can create low-tech and effective rain gardens, and which durable plants can fill them. Presenter: Anna Fialkoff.
 
 
These FREE classes take place in the lecture hall at the
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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