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.

New Year's Day Bird Walk

Date: Thursday, January 1, 2015
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Meeting Place : Meeting place given upon registering

Start the New Year right by checking out the birds at Fresh Pond! We will use a telescope to get close-up looks at waterfowl on the Pond and binoculars to identify the over-wintering songbirds in the trees and in the Lusitania Wetland Meadow. Beginners are welcome! We will lend you binoculars and show you how to use them. Hats, gloves, and warm boots are essential. To register and for parking and meeting information, e-mail Elizabeth Wylde at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com .

Film Screening: Dirt! the Movie

Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Walter J. Sullivan Treatment Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Did you know that 2015 is the United Nations' International Year of the Soils? Come watch this documentary that illuminates the science behind the importance of soil for all. Staff will be on hand to discuss soil conservation right here at Fresh Pond. Believe it or not, healthy soil under our feet protects clean water in our Reservoir; we'll explain how! PLEASE REGISTER! contact Kirsten at (617) 349-6489 or klindquist@cambridgema.gov.


Whole Tree Identification

Dates: Saturday, January 17
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place : Neville Place Assisted Living Facility front door
650 Concord Avenue

Come get acquainted with some extraordinary trees that you will find easy to remember because of their unique shapes, bark, and branching patterns. Many of these impressive "specimen trees"* are out on the golf course, and are inaccessible to the public during other seasons. The program will start outside and finish inside with refreshments. Prepare for cold, with hats, gloves, and warm, waterproof footwear for walking off-path, possibly in snow. All levels of experience are welcome! Register with Elizabeth Wylde at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
                                     *Trees that illustrate the outstanding characteristics of their species.


Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation's
Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper

Date: Sunday, January 18
Time: 5:30 to 8 pm
Meeting Place : Maynard Ecology Center, basement of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue

Help us celebrate thirteen years of educational programs and stewardship during the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation's annual winter gathering! Enjoy good food, visit with other folks who love Fresh Pond, and learn about the activities of the Friends group. After the potluck supper, we will briefly review what we have accomplished this past year, then share ideas for future programs and projects in a relaxed roundtable discussion. Come and bring a friend. Newcomers are welcome. RSVP to Elizabeth Wylde at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.

Eyes on Algae at Fresh Pond

Date: Monday, January 26, 2015
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Meeting Place : Walter J. Sullivan Treatment Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Understanding our Cantibridgian water system isn't only about chemistry and physics; it's also about understanding the flora and fauna in it! Come learn more about how Water Department staff are monitoring and researching algae communities in Black's Nook, Fresh Pond, and Little Fresh Pond. You'll also get the chance to inspect some of our local algae species under a microscope! PLEASE REGISTER! 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

Electronics Recycling at Mount Auburn Cemetery
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
8:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.


Learn about growing Native Plants: Visit the website of


You can sign up for the
City of Cambridge's user-friendly and informative

Recycling and Composting Newsletter
by emailing recycle@cambridgema.gov

Also, check out the Recycling Division's