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 DECEMBER 2017 PROGRAMS
 and a Gardening Lecture Series, Below
DECEMBER 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!
 
Seasonal Walkabout at Black’s Nook
Thursday, December 7
10:30 to 11:30 am  
Meeting location:  Maher 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. To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at 508-562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgema.gov.
 
 
Last Chance (in 2017)  Bird Walk
Saturday, December 9
1 to 3 pm
Meeting place given upon registration

The parade of migrating waterfowl at Fresh Pond continues into early winter.  By December, the long-distance flyers such as canvasbacks and redheads have arrived, and all three merganser species may be present.  We’ll use a telescope to identify birds on the water, and we’ll use binoculars to look at over-wintering songbirds in the trees.  Dress warmly; it can be very cold and windy near the water!  Beginners are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Led by Nancy Guppy. To register and for parking and meeting information, e-mail Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
       Solstice Celebration: A Farewell to Fall      
Sunday, December 17
2:30 to 4:00 pm
Meeting location: Ranger Station (door under the clock tower on the reservoir side of the Water Purification Facility), 250 Fresh Pond Parkway.

…And a Welcome to Winter! Meet Ranger Tim and explore the solstice traditions of nature and culture in this guided loop walk around Fresh Pond (2.25mi). Open to all audiences, dress for the weather at hand.
 
 
For Kids!
 
 
Fresh Pond Kids’ Walks
Fridays in December
10 to 11 am (excluding December 22 and 29)
Meeting location: The gazebo at Neville Place, 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 or to RSVP.
 
 
                                  Animal Detectives                                
Sunday, December 10
10:15 to 11:00 am
Meeting location: Kingsley Park parking lot area, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

December’s spotlight is on the Gray squirrel! Come see what it takes to be a squirrel as we explore what they do and how they act. This family program is best suited for kids between 4 and 10. Accompanying adult must be present, no dogs please, and dress warmly as this is an outdoor program. Large groups please check-in with Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgema.gov prior to Saturday December 9th.
 
 
Winter Solstice Lantern Walk
Friday, December 15
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Meeting place: Ranger station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Join us to bid farewell to Autumn and begin to welcome Winter! We will decorate lanterns, fill them with an LED light, and take a walk at dusk to bring some light to our shortest days. Please dress for the weather. Feel free to contact  Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com with any questions or to RSVP.
 
 
Volunteer!
 
Woodland Restoration Area Gardening
Tuesdays between 9:30 am and 1 pm (excluding December 26)

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 including meeting place.
 
 
Fresh Pond Stewards: Wake Up and Weed!
Thursdays, 10 am to noon (excluding December 28)
Meeting location: Volunteer trailer near 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.
 
 
For Group or Community Service Volunteer Opportunities contact Chief Ranger Jean Rogers at 508-562-7605 or jrogers@cambridgema.gov.
 
 

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.

 
 
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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