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JANUARY 2018 PROGRAMS
 and Two Lecture Series, Below
JANUARY 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.
 
Last Day Walk
Sunday, December 31st
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Looking for an invigorating opportunity to get outside for the new year? Join us for a guided 2.25-mile easy walk around the water that Cambridge residents will be drinking in a few short days. We’ll observe where the natural and human worlds overlap. After the walk, warm up with some hot chocolate inside the building. For questions or clarifications contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov
 
 
New Year's Day Bird Walk
CANCELLED DUE TO PREDICTIONS OF BITTERLY COLD WEATHER!
Our next bird walk will be scheduled for a day in March. Stay tuned.  Meanwhile, stay warm!
Monday, January 1
10:00am to 12:00pm
Meeting place given upon registering
 
Welcome 2018! Start the New Year right and take part in an annual tradition by going on a bird walk at Fresh Pond. We will use a telescope to get close-up looks at waterfowl on the Pond and binoculars to identify the over-wintering songbirds in the trees and in the Lusitania Wetland Meadow. Led by Nancy Guppy.  Hats, gloves, and warm boots are essential.  Beginners are welcome, as are children with an adult. We will lend you binoculars and show you how to use them. To register and for parking and meeting information, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
Nature Storytime With the Cambridge Public Library
Friday, January 5
10:00am to 11:00am
Meets at Country Kitchen, lower level of Neville Place (back building), 650 Concord Ave.
 
Join us on the first Friday of each month this winter as we welcome Cambridge Public Library's children's librarian Margaret Macri for nature story time at Fresh Pond! We will read about winter and what humans and animals do during this time. Bring warm clothes and go for a winter walk after story time is over! In the event of tight parking The Fayerweather Street School has kindly offered us the use of their parking. Please feel free to contact Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com to RSVP or for parking information. 
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout @ Lusitania Meadow
Friday, January 5
10:30am to 11:30am  
Meets at the “Meeting Rocks” (where the meadow meets the perimeter road trail)
 
Come out for a seasonal walkabout with Ranger Jean at the Lusitania Wet Meadow. 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. People of all abilities and knowledge levels welcome. Service dogs only please. To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean 508-562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov.
 
 
Fresh Pond Evergreen Workshop
Sunday, January 7
1:00 to 3:00pm
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Join Chief Ranger Jean Rogers to match samples of evergreens with living specimens on the Reservation and to create a map for further study. Come inside to use keys and photos to identify them. Learn how these trees differ from oaks and maples, which shed their leaves and go dormant. To register, contact jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov for location and for instructions if the weather is stormy.
 
 Owl Prowl
Sunday, January 14
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Have you ever heard an owl before? After learning all about owls inside, we’ll embark on a moderate walk (up to 2 miles) to look and listen for the signs of owls. We will explore their role in the ecosystem as well as in human culture. Owls are beautiful and majestic, but also wild; there is no guarantee of a sighting. Open to all audiences. For directions to the Ranger Station or any other questions, email tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov.
 
 
 Lunchtime Fresh Air Walk
Wednesday, January 17
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Start off your new year’s resolution on the right foot with a midday walk. This casual walk, led by Ranger Tim, will encompass the Pond and take an informal look at each month in nature. Come alone or bring your co-workers! Rain or shine. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov
 
 
 A Fresh Look at Water: Dynamics in Winter
Saturday, January 20
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Meets at the Maynard Ecology Center, lower level of Neville Place (back building), 650 Concord Ave.
 
This month’s look at water: what’s going on with the watershed in the winter?  It’s more complex than you learned in school.  Come update your water awareness with other adults in a fun activity-based program led by your watershed rangers, Jean and Tim. For directions to the Maynard Ecology Center or to RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean 508-562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov
 
 
 Animal Detectives: Owls
Sunday, January 21
10:00am to 11:00am
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
January’s spotlight is on the owl. Come see what it takes to be an owl as we explore what they do and how they act. This family program is best suited for kids between 4 and 12, but all are welcome. Accompanying adult must be present, service dogs only please, and dress warmly as this is an outdoor program. Large groups please check-in with Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov prior to Friday, January 19th.
 
 
Monday Night Movie Series: The Big Year
Monday, January 29
6pm to 7:30pm
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
What’s better than a free movie? Free popcorn! In birding, a Big Year is seeing or hearing as many different species of bird as possible in one calendar year. Three men (Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson) pursue the Birder of the Year title and to beat the record of 732 species. [Runtime: 100 minutes, Rated PG]  Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for more information.
 

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
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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Grow Native Massachusetts
presents
EVENINGS WITH EXPERTS
A FREE public lecture series at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway
First Wednesdays, February through May
7:00 to 8:30 pm
 
 
The Beautiful Adaptations of Native Plants:
Inviting the Wild into our Gardens
 
Date: Wednesday, February 7 
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall 
449 Broadway,Cambridge
 
Speaker: Dan Segal, Owner of The Plantsmen Nursery 
Native plants have evolved a broad array of adaptations in the wild, yielding not only the ornamental features embraced in horticulture but many fascinating mechanisms for survival. Dan will take us beyond 'pretty' plant features to explore the origins of these adaptive traits, and the critical importance of regional variation. This insight helps us to select plants that are genuinely suited to our landscapes.  He will also compare and contrast large-scale nursery production that favors the cloning of cultivars, with small-scale nursery propagation that favors seed-grown straight species.  To know and source native plants effectively, understanding their propagation can be just as important as species selection.
Dan Segal is the owner of The Plantsmen Nursery near Ithaca, NY, specializing in native plants, local seed collection, and natural landscaping. Dan has collected and propagated over 1,000 species of native plants in his three decades of work as a nurseryman, giving him great insight into the fascinating variety of adaptations that plants have evolved to survive. He founded the Ithaca Native Plant Symposium in 2009.
This lecture co-sponsored by the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation.?
 
 
Lessons Learned when Field Botany Meets Design
 
Date: Wednesday, March 7 
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall 
449 Broadway,Cambridge
 
Speaker: Uli Lorimer, Curator of the Native Flora Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden 
Ecologically attuned designers are increasingly looking to nature for inspiration in the design of managed landscapes. But connecting field botany to horticulture is complex, and insights gained from observations in the wild don’t always translate directly into a cultivated garden. Uli will use the recently expanded native flora garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a cultivated pine barrens and coastal plain grassland, as a case study— sharing lessons learned along the way as the project evolved from a concept into a dynamic, living landscape. Good design allows for change and succession to occur, and flexibility in design intent is a valuable strategy because things do not always work out as planned.
Uli Lorimer has been the Curator of Native Flora at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Garden for over a decade. He was instrumental in the expansion of the Garden’s native plant collection, using only material sourced from the wild and grown from seed. As Field Chair at BBG, he coordinates fieldwork with regional botanists and leads botanical expeditions for naturalists and horticulturists. ?
This lecture co-sponsored by Mount Auburn Cemetery
 
 
Revealing a Sense of Place
 
Date: Wednesday, April 4 
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall 
449 Broadway,Cambridge
 
Speaker: Matthew Cunningham, Principal and Founder of Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design
4Seasonal New England is rich in its unique and dynamic ecological patterns. Join us, as Matthew explores how his observations of these natural systems have influenced his firm’s creation of contextual and native plant-centric projects that grasp the rhythms of everyday life. He will show us a variety of residential landscapes, large and small, that embrace our regional flora, utilize ecologically sustainable principles, and that build connections between interior and exterior spaces to strengthen our relationship with nature. Come be inspired by these beautiful, vibrant landscapes that enhance life for both their human and their wild residents.
Matthew Cunningham is a rising star in the world of landscape architecture. He is passionate about the landscapes of New England and is committed to excellent design with ecologically sustainable principles. A graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, he worked at the renowned firm Reed Hilderbrand Associates before starting his own practice. Matthew was named “International Designer of the Year” by the APLD in 2017.
 
This lecture co-sponsored by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects
 
 
Evoking Nature: Form and Function on the High Line
 
Date: Wednesday, May 2 
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall 
449 Broadway,Cambridge
 
Speaker: Andi Pettis, Director of Horticulture, Friends of the High Line
The High Line in Manhattan was born of a city that is constantly reinventing itself. Built on a mile-and-a-half long elevated railroad, this dynamic landscape was inspired by the tenacity of plants in its industrial setting, and it uses a matrix of perennial and woody plants to evoke a natural landscape. Wildly successful and overwhelmingly popular, caring for this garden in the sky poses unique challenges. Andi will describe how her team uses traditional and innovative horticultural techniques, how they work to promote the park’s biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and how they foster an emotional connection to nature in this challenging urban environment.
 
As Director of Horticulture for the Friends of the High Line, Andi Pettis leads a world-class team of gardeners who care for this beloved elevated park in Manhattan. Andi’s horticulture career in New York City spans nearly two decades, including work in both private and public garden settings, park management, and teaching at the New York Botanical Garden.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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