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AUGUST and SEPTEMBER 2016
AUGUST 2016 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.

Recurring Programs 

Wake Up and Weed

Dates: Thursdays in August 
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place: Volunteer Trailer in the front parking lot

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. Please contact Martine at (617) 349-6489 or fpr@cambridgema.gov for any RSVPs or questions!

 

Fresh Pond Kids' Walks

Dates: Fridays, August 5 and 19 
Time:: 10 to 11 am
Meeting Place: The Gazebo at Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge

Join us for casual nature explorations, designed for young kids and their parents/caretakers, and play in 
our urban wild!  Please come dressed ready for the weather (and in clothes that are OK to get 
dirty!). Please register for parking and meeting information with Catherine Pedemonti at
 friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com .

 

Woodland Restoration Area Stewardship 

Date: All Tuesdays in August
Time: Between 9:30 am and 1 pm 
Meeting Place: E-mail friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
for meeting information

Join other stewardship-minded volunteers in caretaking the native plant restoration area next to Lusitania Meadow, and learn all about the diversity of native plant life! Drop in and lend a hand with watering new plantings, making rabbit cages, pruning, weeding, and other gardening tasks.  Please email friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com if you would like to come, and for more information.
 
August Programs 
 
 FRESH POND MONARCH WATCH 

Monarch Butterfly Release Parade! 

     Date: Saturday, August 6
Time: 2 to 3:30 pm                 
Meeting Place: Parade starts from Water Treatment Facility at 2pm!

Join us to celebrate the growth of our monarch caterpillars into beautiful butterflies, and wish them luck on their long migration to Mexico.  A family-friendly parade, open to all  (costumes and noisemakers encouraged) will take us from the Water Treatment Facility to Lusitania Meadow where we’ll sends our butterflies off into the flowers.  Feel free to just meet us at the meadow too!  Volunteers needed!

RSVPs and questions? Contact Martine at (617) 349-6489 or fpr@cambridgema.gov. Project information located at www.cambridgema.gov/monarchwatch. Bookmark the Facebook event here.

 

Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour

Date: Monday, August 15
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Water Purification Facility front 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! Learn about the plant’s state-of-the-art technology that keeps our community’s tap water clean. 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 Martine at (617) 349-6489 or fpr@cambridgema.gov.

Future Monday evening Water Department tours:  September 12, October 17, and November 14.

 

Seasonal Walkabout with Ranger Jean
 
Date: Friday, August 19
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place:
Maher Park parking lot

Join Ranger Jean for a lunchtime Ranger walkabout around Fresh Pond. 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, contact Ranger Jean at (508)-562-7605.

 
SEE ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS BELOW! 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SEPTEMBER 2016 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.

Recurring Programs 

Wake Up and Weed

Dates: Thursdays in September
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place: Volunteer Trailer in the front parking lot

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. Please contact Martine at (617) 349-6489 or fpr@cambridgema.gov for any RSVPs or questions!

 

Woodland Restoration Area Stewardship 

Date: Tuesdays in September
Time: Between 9:30 am and 1 pm 
Meeting Place: E-mail friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
for meeting information

Join other stewardship-minded volunteers in caretaking the native plant restoration area next to Lusitania Meadow, and learn all about the diversity of native plant life! Drop in and lend a hand with watering new plantings, making rabbit cages, pruning, weeding, and other gardening tasks.  Please email friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com if you would like to come, and for more information.
 

Fresh Pond Kids' Walks

Dates: Fridays after Labor Day 
Time: 10 to 11 am
Meeting Place: The Gazebo at Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge

Join us for casual nature explorations, designed for young kids and their parents/caretakers, and play in our urban wild!  Please come dressed ready for the weather (and in clothes that are OK to get 
dirty!). Please register for parking and meeting information with Catherine Pedemonti at
 friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.

Monday Night Community Weed-Outs 

Dates: Mondays, September 12 and 26
Time: 5 to 6:30 pm 
Meeting Place: Maher Park parking lot
650 Concord Avenue

Help us protect valuable native plants and wildlife habitat on the Reservation by keeping vegetative intruders, such as mugwort, burdock, bittersweet, and buckthorn, at bay.  No experience necessary! Long pants and sturdy shoes highly recommended. Please RSVP to fpr@cambridgema.gov in case of location change.
September Programs 
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout with Ranger Jean
 
Date: Friday, September 9
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place:
Maher Park parking lot
650 Concord Avenue

Join Ranger Jean for a Ranger walkabout around Fresh Pond. 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, contact Ranger Jean at (508)-562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgema.gov.

 
 
Meadow Wildflower Walk with Ted Elliman 
 
Date: Saturday, September 10
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Meeting Place:
Maher Park parking lot
650 Concord Avenue

If you wish that you could identify the wildflowers you see lining the paths around Fresh Pond, this walk might be perfect for you! Ted Elliman of the New England Wildflower Society will lead a walk around our lovely meadows, demonstrating the use of identification guides and sharing information about some of our most lovely floral inhabitants. We have several field guides and hand lenses to lend out. Feel free to bring your favorite wildflower guide! Ted will also have copies of his book, Wildflowers of New England, available for purchase. Please RSVP to Catherine Pedemonti for parking and meeting information at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com .

 
Welcome to Fresh Pond @ Kingsley Park 
 
Date: Saturday, September 10 
Time: 1 to 2 pm
Meeting Place:
Ranger Station
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Are you new to Cambridge or the Fresh Pond area? Looking to learn more about restoration on the Reservation? Join Ranger Jean for an introductory tour of Kingsley Park. The tour will cover the rich human and natural history of the land, as well as new improvements. A great opportunity to bring questions or to see what Fresh Pond Reservation is all about! For any RSVPs or questions, please email jrogers@cambridgema.gov or call (508) 562-7605.
 
 

Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour

Date: Monday, September 12
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place : Water Purification Facility front 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! Learn about the plant’s state-of-the-art technology that keeps our community’s tap water clean. 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 Martine at (617) 349-6489 or fpr@cambridgema.gov.

Future Monday evening Water Department tours: October 17 and November 14.

 

PARK(ing) Day - Cambridge Park of Microscopic Life!

Date: Friday, September 16
Time:  8 am to 6 pm
Meeting Place :
1817 Massachusetts Ave – right in front of the Lesley University building
 
 
As part of the annual City of Cambridge PARK(ing) Day celebration, stop by the pop-up Park of Microscopic Life in Porter Square! Join us as we celebrate urban open space, and all its opportunities for recreation and learning. Get up close and personal with algae using a microscope, take a closer look at pond water, make algae hand puppets, and learn more about the tiny plants and animals in nature and our lives. Informal drop-ins and passersby welcome! To volunteer with microscopes or crafting, contact the organizer at mwong@cambridgema.gov. *Park(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers, and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.
 
 
Nature Journaling for Kids and Adults 
 
Date: Friday, September 17 
Time: 10 to 11 am
Meeting Place:
Please register for meeting details

Come and join us for a relaxed morning of sitting, seeing, and sketching the natural world at Fresh Pond Reservation.  Please bring a favorite notebook and writing utensil. Absolutely no drawing experience is necessary. Kids and their caretakers are welcome! Please RSVP to Catherine Pedemonti at  friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com for meeting details.

 
Early Migration Bird Walk 
 
Date: Sunday, September 18
Time: 8 to 10 am
Meeting Place:
Register for location and parking information

Many birds stop at Fresh Pond to rest and eat while heading south for the winter. In September we look for migrating warblers in their non-breeding plumage and several species of ducks. We also might see local summer residents such as herons, vireos and orioles that will soon be leaving and birds that stay year-round, such as woodpeckers and hawks. Beginners are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Led by Nancy Guppy. To register and for important parking information, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.

 

Fly, Buzz, and Honk! A Flying Creature Expo for All Ages

Dates:  Saturday, September 24
Time: 2 to 3:30 pm
Meeting Place : Maynard Ecology Center, lower level of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue

Come explore the world of "things with wings” that live in our city and help our Cambridge Wildlife Puppets get ready for the Honk! parade on October 9th.
 
Ongoing activities include face painting and paper plate mask-making for wee ones and building dragonfly headgear or creating feathers for our oversized bird puppets for elementary-aged kids. At 2:30 we’ll learn about bats from a bat expert. From 2:00 to 2:30 and also from 3:00 to 3:30, a guest artist will guide adult/child pairs in creating three Little Brown Bats for Honk!. Learn from Ranger Jean about flying creatures and why they make their home at Fresh Pond, and look for butterflies, dragonflies, and things with wings at the Neville Butterfly Meadow. This is an all-ages event. Young people and adults who come can help refurbish and strengthen our giant Great Blue Heron and other large puppets (community service hours can be arranged for CRLS students). Meets at Maynard Ecology Center, 650 Concord Ave. All children under 12 must be accompanied. Co-sponsored by the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project. Bookmark the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/974379236008153/

  

 
SEE ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS BELOW! 

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


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New England Wild Flower Society's

URBAN GARDENING SERIES

Our Urban Gardening Series is 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.

 

 

Planting Basics 

Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
      449 Broadway,Cambridge

Find out which plants thrive in an urban environment and which do not. Learn how to choose the healthiest plants at the nursery and then how to plant those trees, shrubs, and herbaceous species so that they will thrive for years. Instructor:  Mark Richardson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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