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   DECEMBER 2018 PROGRAMS
DECEMBER 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.
 
 
ONGOING WEEKLY OPPORTUNITIES
 
Tuesdays: Woodland Restoration Area Gardening
Between 9:30am and 1:00pm
Meets at the Woodland Habitat (near the Lusitania Wet Meadow)
 
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. We will continue working until the temperature drops so low that our hands get cold!
 
 
Wednesdays: Fresh Air Walks
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Meets at the Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
These casual walks, led by Ranger Tim, will encompass Fresh Pond and take an informal look at each week in nature, life, and the city. Come alone or bring your co-workers! Rain or shine. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov
 
 
Thursdays: Fresh Pond Stewards
10:00am to 12:00 noon
Meets at the volunteer trailer near the front of the Water Treatment Facility
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. Meets at the volunteer trailer in the lower parking lot. Contact tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for more information.  If the temperature is too low, we will not meet.
 
 
PUBLIC PROGRAMS
 
Last Chance (in 2018) Bird Walk
 Saturday, December 1
 1 to 3 pm
Register for location, parking information, and notice of cancellation due to weather
 
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.
 
 
 Historical Photo Walk: Kingsley Park 
 Sunday, December 9
12 noon to 1 pm
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower)
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Have you ever wanted to look through a window back in time? With over 300 years of documented history, Fresh Pond has quite the storied past. Join the Cambridge Rangers as we walk around Kingsley Park at Fresh Pond Reservation and learn from the perspectives of several historic photos. Open to all audiences, service dogs only please. For questions or more information contact Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov
 
 
 Seasonal Walkabout at Black's Nook
Thursday, December 13
 11 am to 12 noon
Meets at Maher Park (650 Concord Ave)
 
Come out for a seasonal walkabout with Ranger Jean 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 to enjoy the walk. Come dressed to be outdoors for the hour. All knowledge levels welcome. We will be walking off-path. Service dogs only, please. To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at (508) 562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov. Heavy rain postpones to the following Friday. 
 
 
 Urban Animal Tracking at Fresh Pond
 Sunday, December 16
 10 am 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. Join Ranger Tim as we observe the hidden streets of Cambridge and read the stories written in the earth. Open to all audiences, no experience needed. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes... this walk goes wherever the tracks lead us! Service dogs only, please. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov.

 
 
Solstice Celebration: a Farewell to Fall 
Sunday, December 23
 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower)
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 

…And a Welcome to Winter! Join Ranger Tim on this guided loop walk around Fresh Pond (2.25-2.5mi) as we explore and take part in the solstice traditions of nature and culture along the way; a great way to jump into the holiday spirit. Open to all audiences. Rain or shine, dress for the weather at hand. tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for questions.

 
Interested in Volunteering?
Get hands on and give back to the land! Contact Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov to find out more!
 
 

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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