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JULY 2015 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.

 

Summer Bird Walk

Date: Sunday, July 5
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 am
Meeting Place : Register for parking and meeting information

During the summer, early morning is the best time to look for birds. They are most active when the air is cool and they are hungry for breakfast. With walk leader Nancy Guppy, we may find adults feeding babies in the nest and fledglings that are following their parents and begging for food. As always, beginning birders are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Register with Elizabeth at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com

 

Walter J Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour

Date: Monday, July 6
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Water Purification Facility front door
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Come learn how the Cambridge Water Department purifies drinking water for your tap after it's pumped into our facility from nearby Fresh Pond. You'll have the chance to speak with water treatment and testing staff, see the equipment in action and check out our water quality lab! For more information, contact Julie Coffey: jcoffey@cambridgema.gov, (617) 349-7712. Please call ahead if coming with a large group..

Future Water Department Tours: Mondays, August 3, September 14, October 5, November 2


Summer Lunchtime Walking Series
Fresh Pond Nature & History

Dates: Every Friday starting July 10
Time: 12 noon to 1 pm
Meeting Place: Fresh Pond Ranger Station

Learn during lunch! Join Ranger Jean and staff on a walk to different habitats around the reservation. We will discuss the ecology and natural & human history of the landscape, with topics varying based on the interest of the group. Come with questions, or just to walk and listen. For more information or to register, contact Ranger Jean at jrogers@cambridgema.gov, (617)-349-4793 or Julie at jcoffey@cambridgema.gov, (617)-349-7712.

 

Fresh Pond Herb Walk

Date: Saturday, July 11
Time: 9 to 10:30 am
Meeting Place : Register for parking and meeting information

Learn about some of the most interesting, abundant (and weedy) plants that grow around us in our city environs. We'll discuss the medicinal and edible uses of these herbs as we stroll around the pond, and also review tips for harvesting and preserving plants. Learn to see your urban surroundings in a whole new light, and discover the wonder of the plant world, from humble dandelions to graceful lindens. Led by Steph Zabel of Flowerfolk Herbal Apothecary. Register with Elizabeth Wylde at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com

 

Pod Patrol: Pre-Monarch Prep!

Date: Monday, July 13
Time: 6-8 pm
Meeting Place : Front door of water purification facility

Help us patrol the reservation for black swallow-wort, an invasive, non-native plant that threatens monarch butterflies. We will be releasing monarchs later this summer to help a struggling wild population: getting rid of black swallow-wort will help our Fresh Pond Monarchs thrive! We will pod-pluck our way around the pond at a moderate pace-no experience or equipment necessary. For more information, contact Julie Coffey: jcoffey@cambridgema.gov, (617) 349-7712.

 

Caterpillar Craft Craze

Date: Saturday, July 18
Time: 1 to 2 pm
Meeting Place: Fresh Pond Ranger Station

When our Monarch caterpillars arrive they’ll need places to eat, grow, and form chrysalides to become butterflies! Come learn about the life stages of a butterfly and help build enclosures to keep them safe and happy. All ages welcome, materials will be provided. For more information, contact Julie Coffey: jcoffey@cambridgema.gov, (617) 349-7712.

 

Milk Weed Planting in Weir Meadow

Date: Monday, July 20
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place: Volunteer trailer in the lower parking lot

To kick off Fresh Pond Monarch Watch this summer, let's plant some food for the butterflies. Milk weed is a native plant species that is essential for the growth and development of monarch caterpillars. We will be receiving our caterpillars this week, so help us establish more butterfly-friendly habitat to welcome them to! For more information, contact Julie Coffey: jcoffey@cambridgema.gov, (617) 349-7712.

 

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


Learn about growing Native Plants: Visit the website of
GROW NATIVE MASSACHUSETTS

 

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