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OCTOBER 2017 PROGRAMS
 and a Gardening Lecture Series, Below
 

 

OCTOBER 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.
 
Learn with us!
 
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour
Date: Monday, October 2
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Water Purification Facility Main  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! 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 (617) 349-6489 or fpr@cambridgema.gov
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at Black’s Nook
Date:  Friday, October 6
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place:
Mahr Park parking Lot
650 Concord Avenue
 
Come out for a seasonal walkabout 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 and enjoy the walk.  Come dressed to be outdoors for the hour. People of all abilities and knowledge levels welcome. Service dogs only please. Extreme weather cancels.  To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at (508)-562-7605 or jrogers@cambridgema.gov
 
 
Migratory Bird Walk
Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 8 to 10 am
Meeting Place: 
Register for parking, meeting, and weather cancellation information
 
We will look for migrating songbirds and waterfowl that have stopped at Fresh Pond to rest and feed on their way south for the winter. We also may 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, for important parking information, and for notice of cancellation due to weather, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
 
Connecting with Trees in Lusitania Wet Meadow
(Part of Cambridge Discovery Days)
Date: Sunday, October 15
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Meeting rocks on the southwest corner of the meadow.
 
Come to your senses about trees through a series of activities touching, smelling, listening, and seeing what trees have to offer.  Go home with a new sensibility about tupelos, larches, oaks, staghorn sumacs, cottonwoods, and black walnuts.  Group limited to 12 adults.  Service dogs only please.  People of all abilities and knowledge welcome. Please register with Ranger Jean at jrogers@cambridgema.gov  or 508-562-7605. Parking available at the Tobin School, 197 Vassal Lane, or (if you have a resident sticker) the Water Treatment Facility, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway.
 
 
 
Curiosity Walk 
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12 noon to 1 pm
Meeting Place:
Location given upon registration
 
You could walk around Fresh Pond and see and hear nothing; people do it all the time. Or you could walk around this pond and see five things every day you've never seen before. It all depends on how you walk: closed off to the world or with your senses and your mind open to what's around you. Come for a walk with Alexis Rizzuto where we will practice "radical curiosity," with eyes and ears wide open, making close observations of whatever birds, bugs, plants, animals, or fungus we encounter, and, like Thoreau, wandering in wonder.  Please register with Ranger Jean at jrogers@cambridgema.gov  or 508-562-7605.
 
 
Do the Duck Walk
Date: Saturday, October 28
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Meeting Place: 
Register for parking, meeting, and weather cancellation 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 ducks 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, for important parking information, and for notice of cancellation due to weather, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
 
 
Fascinating Fungi of Fresh Pond
Date: Sunday, October 29
Time: 2 to 4:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Maynard Ecology Center, basement of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue
 
Mycologist Lawrence Millman has identified close to 300 mushroom species at Fresh Pond Reservation. For the past thirteen 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. Mr. Millman is the author of Fascinating Fungi of New England, the first guidebook devoted exclusively to New England mushrooms. To register and to get important parking information, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
The Fresh Pond Drainage and Community Gardens Project- What’s Going on Behind the Fence
 
Date: Monday October 30
Time: 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Meeting Place:
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Main  Door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
Have you been walking by the construction and wondering about what you’re seeing?  Join us for a brief walk on the detour path so we can identify the elements of the project and answer your questions.  We’ll also have an artist’s rendering of the completed project so you’ll know what to look forward to when the project is completed.  Contact Ranger Jean to register at 617 349-4793 or jrogers@cambridgema.gov 
 
 
For Kids!
 
Fresh Pond Kids’ Walks
Date: Fridays in October
Time: 10 to 11 am
Meeting Place:
Gazebo at Neville Place, near Maher Park,
650 Concord Avenue
 
Join us for casual nature explorations, designed for young kids and their parents/caretakers, and play in our urban wild!  We might look for frogs and turtles at Black’s Nook, or find pill bugs and bird nests in the Butterfly Meadow. Please come dressed ready for the weather and in clothes that are OK to get a bit dirty! Feel free to contact Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com with any questions.
 
 
Fresh Pond Stroller Walks
Date: Fridays, October 6 and 20
Time: 9 to 9:45 am
Meeting Place:
Gazebo at Neville Place, near Maher Park,
650 Concord Avenue
 
Learn about the plants and wildlife at Fresh Pond while your little one enjoys some quiet time (or a nap!) in his/her stroller or baby carrier. Meet other like-minded parents or caretakers with their children. Or just enjoy a quiet walk. We will start at Maher Park and walk to Black’s Nook, Lusitania meadow, and back to Maher Park again. Feel free to contact Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com with any questions or to RSVP.
 
 
March in the HONK! Festival Parade 
with Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project
Date: Sunday, October 8
Time: 11:30 am
Meeting Place:
Corner of Day and Herbert Streets, Davis Square, Somerville  (Parade ends in Harvard Square)
 
Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation will join Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project at HONK! this year! There will be wildlife puppets and masks provided for those marching with this group. We will meet at the parade staging area, corner of Herbert and Day streets, at 11:30 a.m. (Look for the tall Great Blue Herons).  Contact Julie at cambridgewildlifepuppets@gmail.com or sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cambridge-kids-families-march-as-a-wild-city-animal-in-the-2017-honk-parade-registration-19069599686
 
 
Fresh Pond After-school Kids' Walks
Date: Fridays, October 13 and 27
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Gazebo at Neville Place, near Maher Park,
650 Concord Avenue
 
Join us for an after-school romp in our urban wilds! This program is intended for kids of all ages accompanied by their parents/caretakers. Please come dressed for the weather and in clothes that are ok to get dirty. Feel free to contact Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com with any questions.
 
 
 Fresh Pond Kids Bike Ride
Date: Saturday, October 14
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:
Ranger Station, Cambridge Water Department
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
What better way to spend a Saturday morning in autumn than on some wheels? Stop by and decorate your bike (or scooter or skateboard) and choose a loop to do with the family. Bring a picnic to enjoy after the program! Parking available at the Tobin School, 197 Vassal Lane, or (if you have a resident sticker) the Water Treatment Facility, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway. Feel free to contact Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com with any questions or to RSVP.
 
 
Volunteer!
 
 
Woodland Restoration Area Gardening
Date: Tuesdays in October
Time: 9:30 am to 1 pm
Meeting Place:
See below
 
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.
 
 
Fresh Pond Stewards: Wake Up and Weed!
Date: Thursdays in October
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:
Volunteer Trailer near ater Purification Facility 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. Meets at the volunteer trailer in the lower parking lot.
 
 

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.

 
 
Pruning Fundamentals 
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 10:30  to 11:30 am
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
l1449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Proper pruning of trees and shrubs improves their health and structure while enhancing their appearance in the landscape. Learn basic pruning principles, including how to make proper cuts, when to prune different species, and how to select and maintain tools. Presenter: Anna Fialkoff
 
 
Plants for the Winter Garden 
Date: Saturday, December 16
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place: Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
l1449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
It’s relatively easy to design a garden for the peak of the spring bloom, but more challenging to create one that looks beautiful in the dead of winter. Learn about the many native plants that offer winter interest and how they can help your garden shine in the darkest season. Presenter: Mark Richardson
 
 
Native Lawn Alternatives
Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
l1449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
“Lawns are a soul-crushing timesuck...,” reads the headline of a recent article on washingtonpost.com. According to NASA, more surface area in the U.S. is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop. Lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Learn some of the best, environmentally friendly lawn alternatives for urban gardens. Presenter: Mark Richardson
 
Rain Gardens
Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time:  1 to 2:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
l1449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
By cleaning, cooling, and slowing runoff before it pollutes water bodies, rain gardens can play a significant role in urban and suburban areas. Learn how rain gardens work, how you can create low-tech and effective rain gardens, and which durable plants can fill them. Presenter: Anna Fialkoff.
 
 
These FREE classes take place in the lecture hall at the
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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