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FEBRUARY and MARCH 2018 PROGRAMS
 and Two Lecture Series, Below

 

FEBRUARY 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.
 
 
Nature Storytime With the Cambridge Public Library
Friday, February 2
10:00 to 11:00am
Meets at Country Kitchen, lower level of Neville Place
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.
 
 
Watershed in Winter
Sunday, February 4
1 to 2:30pm
Meets at the Maynard Ecology Center, Neville Place,
650 Concord Ave.
 
This month’s look at water: what’s going on with 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
 
 
The Beautiful Adaptations of Native Plants
Wednesday, February 7
7 to 8:30pm
Meets at the Cambridge Public Library,
449 Broadway, Cambridge
 
This is a part of a lecture series, “Evenings with Experts,” presented by Grow Native Massachusetts. Dan Segal, founder of the Ithaca Native Plant Symposium, will talk about native plants’ fascinating mechanisms for survival and the origins of New England flora’s adaptive traits. This talk is co-sponsored by the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation.
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout @ Lusitania Meadow
 
Friday, February 9
10:30 to 11:30am
Meets at the “meeting rocks” [where the meadow meets the main 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. 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
 
 
The Disciplines of Animal Tracking
Sunday, February 11
10:30am to 12 noon
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower),
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Ever wonder about the tracks you see? Animal tracking contains a lot more than just footprints. This guided walk will go over the various aspects of arguably one of the oldest human traditions. Join Ranger Tim as we observe the hidden streets of Cambridge and read the stories written in the earth. Open to all audiences. Proper footwear encouraged, we will be walking off-path. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov
 
 
Fresh Air Walk: Love in the Animal Kingdom
Wednesday, February 14
12 noon to 1pm
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower),
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
This casual walk, led by Ranger Tim, will encompass Fresh Pond and take an informal look at each month in nature. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ll talk about animal courtship on our way around the pond. Come alone or bring your co-workers! Rain or shine. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov
 
 
Sweet Maples
Sunday, February 18
1 to 2pm
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower)
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
What trees in Massachusetts can be tapped? How long has this craft existed? Why are trees sweet? These questions and more will be answered inside and during a guided walk to Kingsley Park and a live tapping demonstration. Come learn about the lifeblood of New England! We will be walking off-path. To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at (508) 562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov
 
Animal Detectives: Coyotes
Wednesday, February 21
10:30 to 11:30am
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower)
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
February’s spotlight is on the Coyote. Come see what it takes to be a coyote as we explore what they do and how they act. This family program is best suited for kids between 4 and 12. Accompanying adult must be present, service dogs only please, and dress warmly as this is an outdoor program. Groups please check-in with Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov  prior to Friday, February 16th.
 
 
Introduction to Animal Tracking for Kids
Thursday, February 22
10:30am to 12 noon
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower)
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Have you ever seen wildlife in Cambridge? Whether you did or not they have left behind clues. We’ll learn how to track an animal and go out looking ourselves! This family program is best suited for kids between 4 and 12. Accompanying adult must be present, service dogs only please, and dress warmly as this is an outdoor program. Groups please check-in with Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov prior to Friday, February 16th.
 
 
Monday Night Movie Night: “Olmsted & America’s Urban Parks” 
Monday, February 26
6 to 7:30pm
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower)
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
What’s better than a free movie? Free popcorn! This documentary examines the life of America’s most famous urban park designer. Best-known for Central Park, NY, the Olmsted firm was also commissioned by the Cambridge Water Board in 1894 for work on Fresh Pond. [Runtime: 57 min. Rated G] tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for more information.
 

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MARCH 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.
 
 
Nature Storytime With the Cambridge Public Library
Friday, March 2
10:00 to 11:00am
Meets at Country Kitchen, lower level of Neville Place
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.
 
 
Lessons Learned When Field Botany Meets Design
Wednesday, March 7
7:00 to 8:30pm
Meets at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway St.
 
This is a part of a lecture series, “Evenings with Experts,” presented by Grow Native Massachusetts. Uli Lorimer Is the Curator of the Native Flora Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and will elaborate on how good design can allow for healthy change and succession to occur.
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at Lusitania Wet Meadow
Friday, March 9
11:00am to 12:00n
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. 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.  
 
 
Tree ID: Bark, Buds & Shape
Saturday, March 10
1:00 to 3:00pm
Meets at the “Meeting Rocks” (where the Lusitania meadow meets the perimeter road trail)
 
The leaves are on their way! But how to know which tree is which without leaves to guide us? Fine-tune your skills with this fun program and workshop. Come dressed to be outdoors for the hour, feel free to bring your own hand-lens. 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
 
 
Animal Detectives: Raccoons
 
Sunday, March 11
11:00am to 12:00n
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
March’s spotlight is on the raccoon. Come see what it takes to be a raccoon as we explore what they do and how they act. 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, March 8th.
 
 
Welcome Spring Bird Walk
Saturday, March 17
9:00 to 11:00am
Meeting place given upon registration
 
Spring is almost here, and the earliest migrating birds are arriving at Fresh Pond. Some will stay for the breeding season, others will rest and eat before continuing their northward journey. The new arrivals and our year-round residents soon will be busy building nests and defending territories. We may see a variety of migrating waterfowl on the ponds as well as songbirds in trees. Beginners are welcome!  We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Led by Nancy Guppy. To register and for our meeting place, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
World Water Day: World Water Treatment
Sunday, March 18
1:00 to 3:00pm
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Did you know that Cambridge has sister cities around the globe? World Water Day is Thursday, March 22nd and in honor of this we will look at how water is stored, treated and used in 5 of our sister cities across the planet. In this indoor program, we’ll perform a water test kit activity provided by the World Water Day organizers, learn about our sister cities, and finish with a brief tour of our water purification facility. Contact tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for more info, parking directions, or to secure a spot.
 
  
Fresh Air Walk: The Signs of Spring
Wednesday, March 21
12:00n to 1:00pm
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
This casual walk, led by Ranger Tim, will encompass Fresh Pond and take an informal look at each month in nature. In honor of the vernal equinox, we’ll talk about how we can observe the signs of spring will all 5 senses on our way around the pond. Come alone or bring your co-workers! Rain or shine. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov
 
 
The Disciplines of Animal Tracking
Sunday, March 25
10:30am to 12:00n
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Ever wonder about the tracks you see? Animal tracking contains a lot more than just footprints. This guided walk will add depth to the aspects of arguably one of the oldest human traditions. Join Ranger Tim as we observe the hidden streets of Cambridge and read the stories written in the earth. Open to all audiences. Proper footwear encouraged, we will be walking off-path. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov
 
 
Monday Night Movie Series: When the Water Tap Runs Dry
Monday, March 26
6:00 to 7:30pm
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
What’s better than a free movie? Free popcorn! Water shortages are projected to be one of the greatest impacts of climate change. This documentary will go over how aspects of America’s water infrastructure are unprepared for extreme change in fresh water patterns. Stay afterward for an optional discussion. [Runtime: 40min.  Rated: G] tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for more information.
 

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

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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!
 
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                           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 10, 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.
 
Fresh Pond Reservation – Parkway Landscape Restoration
Date: Saturday, March 3
Time: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
Meeting Place: Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway,Cambridge, MA
Instructors: Kaki Martin and Zachary Navarro
Join the landscape architect and horticulture specialists as they explain the design of the Fresh Pond Reservation Parkway Landscape Restoration, a drainage and community garden project that began in 2009. The project will restore native plant communities, repurpose and improve a former rail corridor, address stormwater treatment and drainage, and update the community garden. Learn about the actions that make this project come to life!
 
Growing Food in the City
Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
Meeting Place: Cambridge Public Library,
49 Broadway,Cambridge, MA
Instructor: Rie Macchiarolo
Even in the city, you can grow your own fresh produce. During this lecture, we will discuss garden design and installation, crop planning, plant selection, and organic and ecologically responsible pest and disease management. Whether your goal is to transform your lawn into a vegetable garden or just grow a few herbs, you will learn the techniques for producing edibles in an urban space.
 
Planting Fundamentals
Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Meeting Place: Cambridge Public Library,
49 Broadway,Cambridge, MA
Instructor: Mark Richardson
There’s a lot to consider when adding new plants to your garden. Learn how to choose healthy specimens at the garden center and how best to plant trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants to get them off to a good start in your urban garden
 
Rain Garden Fundamentals
Date: Saturday, June 30
Time: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
Meeting Place: Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway,Cambridge, MA
Instructor: Anna Fialkoff
As more land is developed for building, space for stormwater absorption and cleaning is rapidly disappearing. Rain gardens can play a significant role in urban and suburban areas by cleaning, cooling, and slowing runoff so that it doesn’t pollute water bodies. Learn how rain gardens work, how you can create a low-tech and effective rain garden, and which durable natives you should plant there.
 
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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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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