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MAY and JUNE 2016
and a Lecture Series, Below
MAY 2016 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.

 

Wake Up and Weed

Date: Thursdays,
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place: Volunteer Trailer in the front parking lot

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. Please contact Martine at (617) 349-6489 or mwong@cambridgema.gov  for any RSVPs or questions!

 

Fresh Pond Kids' Walks

Date: Fridays
Time: 9 to 10 am
Meeting Place: Register for parking and meeting information

Join us for casual nature explorations, designed for young kids and their parents/caretakers, and play in 
our urban wild!  Please come dressed ready for the weather (and in clothes that are OK to get 
dirty!). Please register for parking and meeting information with Catherine Pedemonti at 
friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 

 

Community Weed-outs

Date: Mondays, May 9 and 23
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm 
Meeting Place: Volunteer Trailer in the front parking lot

Spring has sprung at Fresh Pond, and among other things this means…weeds!  Invasive weeds, that is. Help us protect native plants on the Reservation by keeping these intruders, such as garlic mustard and Canada thistle, at bay at these evening weeding sessions.  No experience necessary; all equipment provided!


Birding by Ear
 
Date: Sunday, May 15
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 amam
Meeting Place:
Register for location and parking information

Walk leader Herb Pearce will help us learn to identify and locate birds by their songs.  The birds will be 
singing up a storm, courting or defending territories, while some will be hard at work building nests. We will use guides with pictures of the birds to help you get to know them. Birders of all experience levels are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. To register and for 
important meeting and parking information, email Catherine Pedemonti at
friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
.

 

Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour

Date: Monday, May 16
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Water Purification Facility front 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! Learn about the plant’s state-of-the-art technology that keeps our community’s tap water clean. 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 Martine at (617) 349-6489 or fpr@cambridgema.gov.

Future Monday evening Water Department tours: June 13, July 11, August 15, September 12, October 17, and November 14 
 

From Buried Valleys to Swamp Deposits:
The Geology of Fresh Pond
 
Date: Saturday, May 21
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place:
Maynard Ecology Center
lower level of Neville Place
      650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Mr. Jonathan Higgins, a Professional Geologist and Steering Committee Member of the Massachusetts Geologic Society will be presenting an afternoon talk on the geology of Fresh Pond. Did you know that Fresh Pond rests on top of a buried bedrock valley? Or that deposits of clay were once mined in the area?  Please join Mr. Higgins to learn firsthand about the geology of the Fresh Pond area.  The goal of this presentation is to help people understand the geologic processes that formed the Fresh Pond landscape of today. Please RSVP to fpr@cambridgema.gov.

 
 

Spring Bird Walk 

Date: Sunday, May 29
Time: 8 to 10 am 
Meeting Place: Register for location and parking information

By the end of May our avian summer residents have returned.  We may see tree swallows, catbirds, 
grackles, red-winged blackbirds, phoebes, vireos, warblers and orioles. At this time many will be nesting, so we may also hear baby birds, and see their parents bringing them food.  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 meeting and parking information,
email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.

 
SEE ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS BELOW! 

Follow registration directions
included with each program description

You will receive directions and information on parking in response to your registration or inquiry.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JUNE 2016 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.

 

Wake Up and Weed

Date: Thursdays,
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place: Volunteer Trailer in the front parking lot

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. Please contact Martine at (617) 349-6489 or fpr@cambridgema.gov for any RSVPs or questions!

 

Fresh Pond Kids' Walks

Date: Fridays
Time: 9 to 10 am
Meeting Place: Register for parking and meeting information

Join us for casual nature explorations, designed for young kids and their parents/caretakers, and play in 
our urban wild!  Please come dressed ready for the weather (and in clothes that are OK to get 
dirty!). Please register for parking and meeting information with Catherine Pedemonti at 
friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 

 

Craft and Construction Night for Fresh Pond Day

Date: Monday, June 6
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm 
Meeting Place: Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Fresh Pond Day is around the corner, and we always have last-minute crafts and materials to prepare!  Come lend a hand to give the event some extra flair.  There’ll be artistic tasks such as mask and puppet preparation as well as general assembly of signs and nametags.  We’ll be forever grateful – no experience necessary!  If you are coming as a group, please contact Martine in advance at mwong@cambridgema.gov so we have the right amount of supplies.

 

A Walk on the Wild (Edibles) Side: 
Fresh Pond Edibles with Russ Cohen
 
Date: Tuesday, June 7
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Outside the Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

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.  Species expected to be encountered include Hazelnut, Black Walnut, Chicory, Burdock, Elderberry, Black Raspberry, Blackberry, Shagbark Hickory, and Staghorn Sumac. 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 fpr@cambridgema.gov to RSVP.

 

Ninth Annual Fresh Pond Day

Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Meeting Place : Water Purification Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Fresh Pond Reservation is truly Cambridge's green gem - an urban wild that protects Fresh Pond, Cambridge's in-city drinking water reservoir. Fresh Pond Day is the Cambridge Water Department's annual tribute to this unique Reservation that is a vital natural resource, an invaluable sanctuary for wildlife, and a beloved recreational escape in the City. So let's give Fresh Pond the celebration, jubilation and love it deserves; join in the festivities! Attendees will enjoy live wildlife presentations, a wildlife and bike parade, live music, facepainting, truck climb-aboards, tours, and more! Free and open to all, activities will take place in and around the Water Treatment Facility located at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge. Please note: rain or other inclement weather cancels this event. For parking information, full schedule, and more, please contact Martine at mwong@cambridgema.gov or visit www.cambridgema.gov/freshpondday.

 

Nesting Bird Walk 

Date: Sunday, June 12
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 am 
Meeting Place: Register for location and parking information

Many birds choose to build their nests and raise their young at Fresh Pond Reservation, because there is an abundance of insect food and plenty of safe habitat. We may hear birds singing their territorial songs and see others gathering food for their hungry babies. Walk leader Nancy Guppy will help us look for Baltimore orioles, yellow warblers, warbling vireos, redwing blackbirds, and other migratory birds which spend the breeding season at the Pond. Beginning birders are welcome! If you don't have binoculars you may borrow a pair from us. Register with Catherine at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.

 

Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour

Date: Monday, June 13
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Water Purification Facility front 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! Learn about the plant’s state-of-the-art technology that keeps our community’s tap water clean. 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 Martine at (617) 349-6489 or fpr@cambridgema.gov.

Future Monday evening Water Department tours: July 11, August 15, September 12, October 17, and November 14.

 

Nature Journaling for Kids and Adults
 
Date: Saturday, June 18
Time: 10 to 11 am
Meeting Place:
Register for Meeting Details

Come and join us for a relaxed morning of sitting, seeing, and sketching the natural world at Fresh Pond Reservation.  Please bring a favorite notebook and writing utensil. Absolutely no drawing experience is necessary. Kids and their caretakers are welcome! Please RSVP to Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com for meeting details.

 
 

Summer Solstice Bird Walk 

Date: Monday, June 20
Time: 6 to 8 pm 
Meeting Place: Register for location and parking information

If you can’t bear to get up at dawn to look at birds, this evening walk is for you. Just as people take advantage of the longest days of the year to continue their outdoor activities, so do birds: They spend the extra hours of daylight foraging for food for their hungry babies.  Led by Nancy Guppy. Beginning birders are welcome.  We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Register with Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.

 
SEE ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS BELOW! 

Follow registration directions
included with each program description

You will receive directions and information on parking in response to your registration or inquiry.

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


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GROW NATIVE MASSACHUSETTS

 

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New England Wild Flower Society's

URBAN GARDENING SERIES

Our Urban Gardening Series is 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.

 
 

Container Gardening 

Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Find out how to create beautiful container gardens using native perennials, trees, and shrubs. We’ll explore materials, types of containers, maintenance, and plant selections that offer a full season of interest and wildlife value. Instructor:  Anna Fialkoff

 

Tough Plants for Tough Places

Date: Saturday, July 23
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

What will grow well under that hemlock tree? Or out back on the edge of the neighbor’s lawn where the goutweed pushed in? How about those really difficult places where nothing grows? Join Dan Jaffe to learn about the toughest of the New England flora, from black cohosh, which thrives in dry, acidic, shady ground, to little blue stem, at home in sunny, barren, dry sites. Instructor:  Dan Jaffe

 

Pruning Fundamentals 

Date: Saturday, August 13
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Proper pruning of trees and shrubs improves their health and structure while enhancing their appearance in the landscape. Learn basic pruning principles, how to make proper cuts, when to prune different species, and how to select and maintain tools. Instructor:  Mark Richardson

 

Planting Basics 

Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Find out which plants thrive in an urban environment and which do not. Learn how to choose the healthiest plants at the nursery and then how to plant those trees, shrubs, and herbaceous species so that they will thrive for years. Instructor:  Mark Richardson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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