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SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER PROGRAMS
 
SEPTEMBER 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.

Recurring Programs 

Wake Up and Weed

Dates: Thursdays in September
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

Dates: Fridays after Labor Day 
Time: 10 to 11 am
Meeting Place: The Gazebo at Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge

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.

Woodland Restoration Area Stewardship 

Date: Tuesdays in September
Time: Between 9:30 am and 1 pm 
Meeting Place: E-mail friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
for meeting information

Join other stewardship-minded volunteers in caretaking the native plant restoration area next to Lusitania Meadow, and learn all about the diversity of native plant life! Drop in and lend a hand with watering new plantings, making rabbit cages, pruning, weeding, and other gardening tasks.  Please email friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com if you would like to come, and for more information.
 
Monday Night Community Weed-Outs 

Dates: Mondays, September 12 and 26
Time: 5 to 6:30 pm 
Meeting Place: Maher Park parking lot
650 Concord Avenue

Help us protect valuable native plants and wildlife habitat on the Reservation by keeping vegetative intruders, such as mugwort, burdock, bittersweet, and buckthorn, at bay.  No experience necessary! Long pants and sturdy shoes highly recommended. Please RSVP to fpr@cambridgema.gov in case of location change.
September Programs 
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout with Ranger Jean
 
Date: Friday, September 9
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place:
Maher Park parking lot
650 Concord Avenue

Join Ranger Jean for a Ranger walkabout around Fresh Pond. We will monitor wildlife by sign, track or presence, and make note of weather, state of plants, condition of water and other abiotic resources. On these monthly walks, 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. Attend one or the series and develop your ability to take in more of the reservation.  No dogs please! Extreme weather cancels.  For more info, contact Ranger Jean at (508)-562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgema.gov.

 
 
Meadow Wildflower Walk with Ted Elliman 
 
Date: Saturday, September 10
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Meeting Place:
Maher Park parking lot
650 Concord Avenue

If you wish that you could identify the wildflowers you see lining the paths around Fresh Pond, this walk might be perfect for you! Ted Elliman of the New England Wildflower Society will lead a walk around our lovely meadows, demonstrating the use of identification guides and sharing information about some of our most lovely floral inhabitants. We have several field guides and hand lenses to lend out. Feel free to bring your favorite wildflower guide! Ted will also have copies of his book, Wildflowers of New England, available for purchase. Please RSVP to Catherine Pedemonti for parking and meeting information at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com .

 
Welcome to Fresh Pond @ Kingsley Park 
 
Date: Saturday, September 10 
Time: 1 to 2 pm
Meeting Place:
Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Are you new to Cambridge or the Fresh Pond area? Looking to learn more about restoration on the Reservation? Join Ranger Jean for an introductory tour of Kingsley Park. The tour will cover the rich human and natural history of the land, as well as new improvements. A great opportunity to bring questions or to see what Fresh Pond Reservation is all about! For any RSVPs or questions, please email jrogers@cambridgema.gov or call (508) 562-7605.
 
 

Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour

Date: Monday, September 12
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: October 17 and November 14.

 

PARK(ing) Day - Cambridge Park of Microscopic Life!

Date: Friday, September 16
Time:  8 am to 6 pm
Meeting Place :
1817 Massachusetts Ave – right in front of the Lesley University building
 
 
As part of the annual City of Cambridge PARK(ing) Day celebration, stop by the pop-up Park of Microscopic Life in Porter Square! Join us as we celebrate urban open space, and all its opportunities for recreation and learning. Get up close and personal with algae using a microscope, take a closer look at pond water, make algae hand puppets, and learn more about the tiny plants and animals in nature and our lives. Informal drop-ins and passersby welcome! To volunteer with microscopes or crafting, contact the organizer at mwong@cambridgema.gov. *Park(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers, and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.
 
 
Nature Journaling for Kids and Adults 
 
Date: Saturday, September 17 
Time: 10 to 11 am
Meeting Place:
Please 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.

 
Early Migration Bird Walk 
 
Date: Sunday, September 18
Time: 8 to 10 am
Meeting Place:
Register for location and parking information

Many birds stop at Fresh Pond to rest and eat while heading south for the winter. In September we look for migrating warblers in their non-breeding plumage and several species of ducks. We also might see local summer residents such as herons, vireos and orioles that will soon be leaving and birds that stay year-round, such as woodpeckers and hawks. 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 parking information, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.

 

Fly, Buzz, and Honk! A Flying Creature Expo for All Ages

Dates:  Saturday, September 24
Time: 2 to 3:30 pm
Meeting Place : Maynard Ecology Center, lower level of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue

Come explore the world of "things with wings” that live in our city and help our Cambridge Wildlife Puppets get ready for the Honk! parade on October 9th.
 
Ongoing activities include face painting and paper plate mask-making for wee ones and building dragonfly headgear or creating feathers for our oversized bird puppets for elementary-aged kids. At 2:30 we’ll learn about bats from a bat expert. From 2:00 to 2:30 and also from 3:00 to 3:30, a guest artist will guide adult/child pairs in creating three Little Brown Bats for Honk!. Learn from Ranger Jean about flying creatures and why they make their home at Fresh Pond, and look for butterflies, dragonflies, and things with wings at the Neville Butterfly Meadow. This is an all-ages event. Young people and adults who come can help refurbish and strengthen our giant Great Blue Heron and other large puppets (community service hours can be arranged for CRLS students). Meets at Maynard Ecology Center, 650 Concord Ave. All children under 12 must be accompanied. Co-sponsored by the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project. Bookmark the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/974379236008153/

  

 
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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OCTOBER 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.

 

Recurring Programs 

Wake Up and Weed

Dates: Thursdays in October
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

Dates: Fridays in October 
Time: 10 to 11 am
Meeting Place: The Gazebo at Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge

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.

 

Woodland Restoration Area Stewardship 

Date: Tuesdays in October
Time: Between 9:30 am and 1 pm 
Meeting Place: E-mail friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
for meeting information

Join other stewardship-minded volunteers in caretaking the native plant restoration area next to Lusitania Meadow, and learn all about the diversity of native plant life! Drop in and lend a hand with watering new plantings, making rabbit cages, pruning, weeding, and other gardening tasks.  Please email friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com if you would like to come, and for more information.
 
 
 
Special Program!
 
HONK! Parade with Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project
Date: Sunday, October 9
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Meeting Place:
Starts at Davis Square in Somerville (corner of Herbert and Day Streets) 

Celebrate the biodiversity of Cambridge’s urban wildlife! We invite families, kids, and individuals to march together in the annual HONK! Parade. Wear costumes and carry giant puppets of actual wild plant and animal species that live within the city’s boundaries – many of which can be found at Fresh Pond Reservation. The collection of puppets and costumes we lend out is ever-growing – we’ve got Giant Great Blue Herons (birds), a Peregrine Falcon, Sunflowers, Purple Coneflowers, Rabbits, Snapping Turtles, Butterflies, Blue Gill Fish, Dragonflies, and Red-winged Blackbirds. Bikes, scooters, strollers, walkers are all welcome. We will meet at 11am at the corner of Herbert and Day Streets in Davis Square to distribute costumes and puppets and get ourselves organized. Marching kicks off at noon and arrives around 2pm in Harvard Square. Contact freshpondwildlife@comcast.net for more information or visit www.honkparade2016.eventbrite.com.

 

October Programs 
 
 Migratory Bird Walk 
 
Date: Sunday, October 9
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. Led by Nancy Guppy. To register and for important parking information, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.

 
Seasonal Walkabout with Ranger Jean
 
Date: Friday, October 14
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place:
Maher Park parking lot
650 Concord Avenue

Join Ranger Jean for a Ranger walkabout around 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. On these monthly walks, 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. Attend one or the series and develop your ability to take in more of the reservation.  No dogs please! Extreme weather cancels.  For more info, contact Ranger Jean at (508)-562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgema.gov.

 
Welcome to Fresh Pond @ Lusitania Meadow 
 
Date: Saturday, October 15 
Time: 1 to 2 pm
Meeting Place: 
Meeting Rocks at Lusitania Meadow
 
Are you new to Cambridge or the Fresh Pond area? Looking to learn more about restoration on the Reservation? Join Ranger Jean for an introductory tour of Mahr Park and Lusitania Wet Meadow. The tour will cover the rich human and natural history of the land, as well as new improvements. A great opportunity to bring questions or to see what Fresh Pond Reservation is all about! For any RSVPs or questions, please email jrogers@cambridgema.gov or call (508) 562-7605.

 

Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour

Date: Monday, October 17
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 tour:  November 14.

 

Going Batty: The Secret Life of Bats at Fresh Pond 

 
Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Meeting Place:
Register for location and parking information

Prepare to celebrate Bat Week 2016, October 24 to 31st this year. Join us for an afternoon of exploring the world of bats, and learn something new about these fascinating nocturnal creatures! We will visit a bat house on the Reservation just installed to enhance our bat-friendly habitat, and  will share tips for how you can create a bat-friendly habitat and other ways to help bats where you live. Please RSVP to Ranger Jean at jrogers@cambridgema.gov  by  Sunday, October 17.

 
Fascinating Fungi of Fresh Pond
 
Date: Sunday, October 23
Time: 2 to 4:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Maynard Ecology Center, basement of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue

Mycologist Lawrence Millman has identified 256 mushroom species at Fresh Pond Reservation.   For the past twelve years he has led 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 Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.

 
 

A Bug's Night Out 

Date: Monday, October 24
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Maher Park parking lot
650 Concord Ave

The night air is filled with mysterious flying insects and other creatures scuttling across the dirt. Come learn about the invertebrate nightlife at Fresh Pond! We’ll set up some bright lights set up to draw in stealthy night dwellers. Please RSVP to fpr@cambridgema.gov.

 

 Do the Duck Walk 
 
Date: Saturday, October 29
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place:
Register for location and parking 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! Led by Nancy Guppy. To register and for important parking information, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.

 

Halloween Animal Parade for Families 

Date: Sunday, October 30
Time: 2 to 3 pm
Meeting Place:
starts at the Kingsley Park benches

Join us for a Halloween ramble around Kingsley Park! Come dressed as a Fresh Pond animal or color your own mask from Ranger Jean. Have your picture taken and posted in the ranger station!  Elementary aged children accompanied by an adult are welcome!  If you need ideas- here’s a few: raccoon, squirrel, coyote, rabbit, turtle, frog, fish, butterfly, red winged black bird, American eagle, ant, spider, crow, coyote, chipmunk.    This is a treat-free event!

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Howl-O'-Ween Dog and Companion Costume Promenade 

Date: Sunday, October 30
Time: 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Meeting Place: 
Kingsley Park Bowl

Calling all reservoir dogs and their human companions! Let your creativity shine by the two of you coming to Fresh Pond in costume for a pre-Halloween promenade.  Photos will be taken and posted in the Ranger Station!  Dog treats offered Ranger Jean.   Meets at the Kingsley Park Bowl.  All dogs must be leashed except Cambridge license-wearing dogs that respond to their keeper’s commands.

 

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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