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OCTOBER 2014 PROGRAMS

at Fresh Pond Reservation

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: Thursday morningsthrough November 20
Time:
10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place: Volunteer Trailer, Cambridge Water Department 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. Contact: Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 / klindquist@cambridgema.gov for more information. No registration necessary.

 

Fresh Pond Kids' Walks

Date: Fridays, through November 21
Time: 10 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place: Maher Park parking lot
650 Concord Avenue

Join Cambridge Water Department staff and volunteers on casual explorations and play in our urban wild! Perfect for young kids and their parents or caretakers. Possible exploits include puddle- jumping, nature crafts, insect safaris, and storytime. Please come ready for adventure with your grownup(s), your own drink and snack, and clothes that are OK to get a little dirty. We hope you can come play! Heavy rain or thunder cancels. After October 3, the meeting location will be the Fresh Pond Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway. For more information and parking directions, contact Kirsten at klindquist@cambridgema.gov or (617) 349-6489. No registration necessary.

 

Migratory Bird Walk

Date: Saturday, October 4
Time:
8 to 10 am
Meeting Place: Register for location and parking information

We will look for migrating songbirds and waterfowl that have stopped at the Fresh Pond to rest and feed on their way south for the winter. We may also see a variety of year-round avian residents. Beginners are welcome! We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. To register and for important parking information, email Elizabeth at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com or call 617-349-6489 during business hours.


Knowing Trees by their Leaves

Date: Sunday, October 5
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place : Maynard Ecology Center, basement of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue

Autumn is a great time to learn to identify trees by their leaves. Join Ranger Jean Rogers on this walk from the Maynard Ecology Center to the nearby Lusitania Wet Meadow. We'll learn how leaves work and then practice recognizing oak, maple, ash, cottonwood, walnut, willow, cottonwood and tulip trees by their shape in the field. For more information contact Ranger Jean at jrogers@cambridgema.gov or call 508-562-7605. No registration necessary for individuals. For parking information email Elizabeth at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.

 

A Tour of the Water Purification Facility

Date: Monday, October 6
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! Members of the Cambridge Water Department staff will describe the process, answer your questions, and give a tour of the building. For more information contact Kirsten at klindquist@cambridgema.gov or (617) 349-6489. No registration necessary.


Second Annual Cycle to the Source

Date: Sunday, October 26 (rain-date November 2)
Time: 8 am to 4 pm
Meeting Place: Register for meeting place information

Explore where your drinking water comes from - by bike! Tour Cambridge's upper-watershed in Weston, Waltham, Lincoln and Lexington where water is collected into the two reservoirs that feed Fresh Pond. This is an athletic tour, entailing 33 miles of riding on a mix of urban and rural routes. The tour is FREE, but please bring your own bicycle, safety equipment and a lunch. REGISTRATION is REQUIRED; please contact Julie Coffey to sign-up or for more information: jcoffey@cambridgema.gov, (617) 349-7712.

 

Fascinating Fungi of Fresh Pond

Date: Sunday, October 19
Time: 2 to 4:30 pm
Meeting Place : Maynard Ecology Center, basement of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue)

Mycologist Lawrence Millman has identified 236 mushroom species at Fresh Pond Reservation. For the past ten years he has led similar Fresh Pond mushroom forays that give participants the chance to add to this list as well as learn more about the world of fungi. He'll also be selling (and signing!) copies of his beautiful book Fascinating Fungi of New England, the first guidebook devoted exclusively to New England mushrooms. To register and for important parking information, email Elizabeth at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com or call 617-349-6489 during business hours.

Do the Duck Walk

Date: Sunday, October 26
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place : Register for parking and meeting information

Fresh Pond Reservation is an attractive resting place for a variety of birds - especially waterfowl - during the fall migration. We will use a telescope to get good looks at birds on the water, and binoculars to look at songbirds. We have binoculars to lend, and will show you how to use them. Beginners are welcome! To register, email Elizabeth at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com or call 617-349-6489 during business hours.

Native Seed-Collecting and Saving - with Kate Stafford

Date: Monday, October 27
Time: 6 to7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Water Purification Facility front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Kate Stafford of the New England Wild Flower Society leads this workshop where you'll learn how to responsibly and effectively collect wild plant seeds and prepare them for sprouting! Creating a native seed bank is not only fun, it's also a great way to promote healthy plant communities and improved habitat for wildlife in following seasons. No experience necessary! REGISTRATION REQUIRED: contact Kirsten at 617-349-6489 or klindquist@cambridgema.gov.

 

 Please register for each event that you plan to attend:
You will receive directions and information on parking in response to your registration.
Follow registration directions included with each program description

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

 


Learn about growing Native Plants: Visit the website of
GROW NATIVE MASSACHUSETTS

 

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Programs Offered by
The Cambridge Water Department
Spring, Summer and Fall 2014

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The Fresh Pond Reservation Stewardship Program

Fresh Pond Reservation users are getting involved! The Cambridge Water Department's Fresh Pond Reservation Stewardship Program brings people together on a regular basis to monitor plants, conduct maintenance activities, and to learn about the ecology and history of the area. You can find out about projects that are being planned for this summer, including invasive plants removal, Purple Loosestrife monitoring, bird box monitoring, and more.

Call Kirsten Kindquist at 617-349 6489 or email klindquist@cambridgema.gov for more information.
Regular Meeting Place : The volunteer trailer, parked in the Water Department parking lot.
What to bring: water, closed-toe shoes, long sleeves to prevent bug bites, hat if it is sunny, sun lotion. Your own gloves if you prefer them.
We provide: gloves, tools, instructions, good companyemail klindquist@cambridgema.gov for more information.

Tours of the Water Purification Facility


Dates: Monday Evenings: May 5, June 9, July 7, August 4,
September 8, October 6, November 3
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Location: Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge

The Cambridge Water Department is offering tours of the City's beautiful Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility. The program will include a virtual tour of the Cambridge water supply system, explaining the process by which water that falls as rain in the suburbs 10 miles west of Cambridge is transported to Fresh Pond and made into pure drinking water for our city. Come, and bring your questions. For more information and parking directions, contact Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 / klindquist@cambridgema.gov

Fresh Pond Plant Identification Walks


Dates: Monday Evenings:June 16, Sept 15
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place: Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Front Door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge

Ted Elliman, New England Wild Flower botanist and author of an upcoming plant guide, will lead walks around the reservation, highlighting some of the Reservation's more common native and non-native plants, and describing their roles in the ecosystem. For more information and parking directions, contact Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 / klindquist@cambridgema.gov

The Cambridge Water Department
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
Cambridge, MA, 02138
617-349 6489
www.cambridgema.gov/cwd/