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  FEBRUARYand MARCH 2017
 and Two Winter Lecture Series, Below

 

 
 
 
FEBRUARY 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.
 
 
Winter Nature Storytime 
 
Dates: Fridays, February 3 and 17
Time: 10 to 11 am
Meeting Place: 
Art Room at Neville Place 
650 Concord Avenue 
 
Join us for nature story time at Fresh Pond! Children and their caretakers are welcome to join us for some arts and crafts, followed by nature story time. We will read about winter and what humans and wildlife do during this time. Bring warm clothes and go for a winter walk after story time is over! Please feel free to contact Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com to RSVP or with any questions. Directions: Enter the back building and turn left. The art room is at the end of the hall on the first floor.
 
 
Drought Information Session
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!
 
Date: Monday, February 6
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Meeting Place: 
Water Department Conference Room 
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Struck by the contrast between the moonscapes along Route 128 and pristine, full Fresh Pond? Join us for an information session to learn details about the drought we’re currently experiencing, and have your questions answered. For more info or to RSVP, email fpr@cambridgema.gov .
 
 
Winter's For the Birds 
 
Date: Wednesday, February 22
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place: 
Register to learn Meeting Place 
 
What’s going on in the world of birds at Fresh Pond? Come learn about the winter activities of our feathered friends, and what you can do to help them survive the tough winter months. We’ll observe a birdfeeder and create our own pinecone birdfeeders to take home. This event is appropriate for children ages 4 to 7 and their families or caretakers. No dogs please. Don’t forget to dress warmly! Please RSVP to jrogers@cambridgema.gov for meeting location.
 
 
 Winter Tree Scavenger Hunt for Families 
 
Date: Thursday, February 23
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place: Register to learn Meeting Place
 
It can be hard to tell trees apart in the wintertime without their leaves, but you can learn how to look for differences in buds, bark, and branching patterns. Join Ranger Jean for this outdoor scavenger hunt in the woods of Fresh Pond Reservation. We will then head inside to talk about what we found! Kids 8 to 10 years old and their families or caretakers welcome! No dogs please. Be sure to come dressed for the outdoors. Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 21 to jrogers@cambridgema.gov for meeting location
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at Lusitania Field
 
Date: Friday, February 24
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place: Mahr Park Parking Lot
650 Concord Avenue
 
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 or to RSVP, contact Ranger Jean at (508)-562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgema.gov .
 
To receive monthly email program announcements, send an email to friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
 
 
 
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MARCH 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.
 
 
The Art & Science of Growing Native Plants from Seed:
Why, When, and How
Date: Wednesday, March 1 
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall 
449 Broadway,Cambridge
  
                               Speaker: Randi Eckel, Founder of Toadshade Wildflower Farm
As we incorporate more native plants into our landscapes, there are so many good reasons to use plants propagated from seed. But wild plants have evolved with a dizzying array of mechanisms, including chemical-induced dormancy and mandatory cold stratification, to ensure that their seeds disperse, persevere, and germinate at just the right time under natural conditions.  These mechanisms are not in place to frustrate would-be plant propagators, but must be understood by gardeners to successfully grow native plants from seed. Come for a far-reaching discussion of the issues surrounding seed collection, procurement, and propagation, with information that will encourage the novice and challenge the professional alike. This lecture is FREE and open to the public. You do not need to register to attend.  Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation is helping sponsor this program.
 
 
Winter Nature Storytime
Dates: Fridays, March 3, 17, 31
Time: 10 to 11 am
Meeting Place:
Art Room at Neville Place 
650 Concord Avenue 
 
Join us for nature story time at Fresh Pond! Children and their caretakers are welcome to join us for some arts and crafts, followed by nature story time, and then a nature walk. We will read about winter and what humans and wildlife do during this time. Please come dressed to play outside! Feel free to contact Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com to RSVP or with any questions. Directions: Enter the back building (650 Concord Ave.) and turn left. The art room is at the end of the hall on the first floor.
 
 
 Winter Tree Scavenger Hunt
Date: Saturday, March 4
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Register to learn Meeting Place
It can be hard to tell trees apart in the wintertime without their leaves, but you can learn how to look for differences in buds, bark, and branching patterns. Join Ranger Jean for this outdoor scavenger hunt in the woods of Fresh Pond Reservation. We will then head inside to talk about what we found! No dogs please (except service dogs). Be sure to come dressed for the outdoors. Please RSVP to jrogers@cambridgema.gov for meeting location.
 
 
 Living With Coyotes 
Date: Thursday, March 9
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Cambridge Water Department  
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Learn all about the most misunderstood and remarkable animal in North America! As Belmont’s Animal Control Officer and Massachusetts’ Representative for Project Coyote, John Maguranis has been able to get up close with these increasingly common animals. Join us for an evening of photos, data, and information about North America’s most adaptable carnivore. Topics include diet, behavior, tracking, hazing, pet and human safety, and much more. No registration required.
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at Lusitania Field
Date: Friday, March 17
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place: Mahr Park Parking Lot
650 Concord Avenue
 
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(except service dogs). Extreme weather cancels.  For more info or to RSVP, contact Ranger Jean at (508)-562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgema.gov .
 
 
 Fresh Pond Owl Prowl 
Date: Monday, March 20
Time: 6 to 7 pm
Meeting Place:
Fresh Pond Ranger Station 
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Though they are seldom seen or heard, the Reservation has been known to host owls. It is no surprise that these nocturnal creatures are somewhat of a mystery to many visitors at Fresh Pond - by day, most are likely to be hiding or sleeping somewhere secure. Come to learn about the numerous adaptations owls have that make them so fascinating, and take an evening stroll to listen for evidence of any feathered friends nearby! Please RSVP to fpr@cambridgema.gov.
 
 
Welcome Spring Bird Walk 
Date: Saturday, March 25
Time: 9 to 11 am
Meeting Place:
Register for parking information and to learn Meeting Place
 
 
Spring is here at last!  The earliest migrating birds are arriving at the Reservation. They will either stay for the breeding season or rest and eat before continuing their journey northward. The new arrivals and year-round residents will soon be busy building nests and defending territories. We may see a variety of migrating waterfowl on the ponds as well as songbirds in trees. Beginners are welcome!  We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. To register and for meeting place, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
Early Spring Tree Scavenger Hunt 
Date: Sunday, March 26
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Register to learn Meeting Place
 
How do trees know when to leaf out in the spring? Join Ranger Jean for this outdoor scavenger hunt in the woods of Fresh Pond Reservation to learn how to look for differences in buds, bark, and branching patterns in early spring trees before they are fully leafed out. We will then head inside to talk about what we found! No dogs please. Be sure to come dressed for the outdoors. Please RSVP to jrogers@cambridgema.gov for meeting location.
 
 
Reflecting on Fresh Pond 
Art, Prose, and Poetry to Share
Date: Saturday, April 1
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place: 
Neville Place 
650 Concord Avenue
 
Fresh Pond Reservation means so much to so many of us.  Whether your come here to hear the tinkle of ice against the shore, the call of returning birds or the squeal of children sledding in Kingsley Park, you may have been inspired to make a note in a journal, write a poem or song; or take a photo or make a drawing.  We are calling people of ALL AGES and CREATIVE CAPACITIES to share your Reflections on Fresh Pond  at an open mic.  All mediums welcome –paint, print, a note scribbled on a napkin, photography, poems, a child’s drawing or performance of song or dance. Please RSVP to fpr@cambridgema.gov with a sentence or two describing your creative work(s).  Start the sentence with “I was moved to make (my art) when I experienced (XXX) at Fresh Pond.” And go on from there.  Come share your heartfelt experiences with others who are really touched when they walk the Pond and share the wonderment.

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.

 
Naturalistic Gardening 
 
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge
 
Some prefer the pomp and precision of a formal landscape, while others enjoy gardens inspired by nature. Learn how to take inspiration from the mountains, rivers, and fields of New England and create beautiful, naturalistic gardens. Dan Jaffe will cover every topic from plant selection and layout to sustainable practices.
 
 Plants for the Winter Garden
 
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge
 
It’s relatively easy to design a garden for the height of spring; more challenging is creating a garden that looks beautiful in the dead of winter. Come learn about the many native plants that offer winter interest and how they can help your garden shine in winter Instructor:  Mark Richardson
 

Pests of Urban Gardens 

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Designing a garden for a small space is enough of a challenge. But once you have created one, how do you fend off the uninvited guests? Although insects, critters, fungi, and other plant diseases are part of gardening, there are ways to discourage the most destructive pests. Bring your questions, and let’s find a solution!. Instructor:  Mary Sullivan

These FREE classes take place in the lecture hall at the
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138.
 
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Grow Native Massachusetts
presents
EVENINGS WITH EXPERTS
A FREE public lecture series at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway
First Wednesdays, February through May
7:00 to 8:30 pm
 
 
Nurturing the Liberated Landscape
Date: Wednesday, February 1
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Speaker: Larry Weaner, Author of Garden Revolution & Founder of Larry Weaner Landscape Associates
All too often we think of gardens and landscapes as static compositions of carefully placed and managed plants.  But a more dynamic and rewarding approach takes advantage of the unique characteristics of plant species and communities, working with ecological processes, not against them.  Learn how designer Larry Weaner utilizes the natural adaptations and reproductive abilities of plants to create engaging, ever-evolving landscapes that bring new meaning to partnering with nature.  Using examples from his own property and from client projects, Larry will share how this give-and-take approach results in compelling, low-maintenance landscapes that free plants to perform according to their natural abilities and liberate people from having to cater to their landscapes’ every need.

Larry Weaner has been creating native landscapes since 1977. His work is nationally recognized and has received awards from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Cultural Landscape Foundation, Garden Club of America, and others. His new book, Garden Revolution, is a “must read” for all who seek to integrate landscape design with ecological processes.

 
The Art and Science of Growing Native Plants from Seed:,
Why, When, and How
Date: Wednesday, March 1 
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Speaker: Randi Eckel, Founder of Toadshade Wildflower Farm
As we incorporate more native plants into our landscapes, there are so many good reasons to use plants propagated from seed. But wild plants have evolved with a dizzying array of mechanisms, including chemical-induced dormancy and mandatory cold stratification, to ensure that their seeds disperse, persevere, and germinate at just the right time under natural conditions.  These mechanisms are not in place to frustrate would-be plant propagators, but must be understood by gardeners to successfully grow native plants from seed. Come for a far-reaching discussion of the issues surrounding seed collection, procurement, and propagation, with information that will encourage the novice and challenge the professional alike.

Randi Eckel has been studying native plant seed propagation and plant-insect interactions for over thirty years.  She is the founder of Toadshade Wildflower Farm, which supplies both seeds and plants of species native to eastern North America.

 

How Native Plant Cultivars Affect Pollinators

Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Speaker: Annie White, Landscape Designer & Adjunct Professor, UVM 
Initiatives to address pollinator decline are widespread and native plants are the preferred choice for pollinator habitat restoration. The growing demand for natives, coupled with a longstanding desire of horticulturalists for enhanced bloom, color, or other characteristics, has led to the increased selection and breeding of native cultivars. Although these cultivars are typically marketed for their ecological benefits, until now there have been no scientific studies to support or refute these claims. So are native cultivars as valuable in pollinator habitat gardens as the true native species? Annie White will help answer this question by sharing the results of four years of field data. Her research is groundbreaking and remarkable.

 

Annie White is the founder of Nectar Landscape Design Studio and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Vermont. She earned her MS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her recent PhD in Plant & Soil Science from the University of Vermont was focused on this exceptional new research on native plant cultivars.

 

The Challenge of a Public Native Plant Garden:
Maintenance, Interpretation and Compromise 

Date: Wednesday, May 3
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Speaker: Michael Hagen, Curator of the Native Plant Garden at the NYBG 
The New York Botanical Garden’s new Native Plant Garden opened in 2013. Designed by Oehme van Sweden, it includes a diversity of microclimates on 3.5 acres of varied terrain with a planting plan of almost 100,000 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses. Curator Michael Hagen will explain how this garden is successfully maintained, and their criteria for what constitutes “native” in species selection and the use of cultivars. This very public landscape presents native plants in a contemporary style, with an emphasis on aesthetics over recreating habitat. Michael will share his observations about how the public perceives and responds to the value of this native plant palette, along with ideas for inspiring others to “go native.”

Michael Hagen is Curator of both the Native Plant Garden and the Rock Garden at NYBG. He previously served as Staff Horticulturist for over 11 years at Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, New York and was Garden Manager at Rocky Hills in Mt. Kisco, a preservation project of the Garden Conservancy. 
 

All of these Grow Native Massachusetts Lectures are FREE and open to the public.
You do not need to register or sign up - just come.

Visit the  GROW NATIVE MASSACHUSETTS website to learn more about growing native plants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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