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SEPTEMBER 2019
PROGRAMS
SEPTEMBER 2019 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.
 
 
ONGOING WEEKLY OPPORTUNITIES
 
Tuesdays: Woodland Restoration Area Gardening
Every Tuesday in September
Between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm
Meets at the Woodland Habitat (Northeast Sector)
 
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.
 
 
Tuesdays: Fresh Air Walks
Tuesdays in September
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower) 
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
These casual walks, led by Ranger Tim, will encompass Fresh Pond and take an informal look at each week in nature, life, and the city. Come alone or bring your co-workers! Parking passes available. Rain or shine. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov
 
 
Fresh Pond Stewards
Mondays: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Thursdays: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Meets at the volunteer trailer near the front of the Water Treatment Facility, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway.
 
(Note: we will not meet Monday, September 2 due to the holiday) 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. Contact tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for more information.
 
 
PUBLIC PROGRAMS
 
Pollinator Survey at Fresh Pond
Tuesday, September 3 and Tuesday, September 17
 1 to 3 pm
Meets at the Lusitania Meadow entrance across from Wheeler St. on Concord Ave.
 
This is an opportunity to be a citizen scientist and connect with nature. In partnership with Earthwise Aware, help us observe and collect information about what pollinators visit our meadows. We then feed our findings into global databases that help track species richness, population abundance, and phenophases. This will also help us develop a virtual guide to the insects of Fresh Pond, and you can be a part of it! We’ll be meeting on-site at the entrance to Lusitania from Concord Ave. and please RSVP to citizenscience@earthwiseaware.org for communication about what to wear, bring, and if there is any change in plan due to weather.
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at Black's Nook
Friday, September 6 
 11 am to 12 noon
Meets at the “Meeting Rocks” (where the meadow meets the perimeter road trail)
 
Come out for a seasonal walkabout with Ranger Jean 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 to enjoy the walk. Come dressed to be outdoors for the hour. All knowledge levels welcome. We will be walking off-path. To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at (508) 562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov. Heavy rain postpones to the following Friday.
 
 
Nature Journaling
Friday, September 6
 2 to 4 pm
 
Register for meeting location
(There are different sketch targets each month.)
 
This is a fun series! We share together how to create, illustrate and maintain a Naturalist & Field journal. This includes practicing sketching, nature illustration skills, recording field observations, and simply writing about what we see, including how we feel. The series runs the first Friday of the month. Over the year, we explore a few sites of the reservoir and cover ecology, phenology, birds, insects, mammals and the many critters that make the different habitats of Fresh Pond. Please bring your own (portable) art supplies, and RSVP on Eventbrite (https://bit.ly/2HNcR6r) because space is limited.
 
 
Walter J Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour
Monday, September 9
 6 to 7:30 pm
Meets at the front door, Cambridge Water Department 
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Come learn how the Cambridge Water Department purifies drinking water for your tap after it’s conveyed from nearby Fresh Pond into our facility.  You’ll have the chance to speak with water treatment staff, see the equipment in action and check out our water quality lab!  For more information, contact Ranger Tim at (617) 349-6489 or  tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov.  Please call ahead if coming with a large group.
Future programs in 2019:   October 7, November 4.
 
 
Meet Your Neighbor Day:  Family Picnic 
Sunday, September 15 
 1 to 3 pm
Meets at Upper Kingsley Park
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
This city-wide event is in collaboration with the Cambridge Peace Commission, check out other listings near you. Bring a blanket and pack a picnic, we'll have watermelon and lemonade to share. Come meet your neighbors at beautiful Fresh Pond, meet the rangers, learn about what local resources are around for kids and families, and check out some fun activities! Questions? tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov
 
 
Meet Your (Cainine) Neighbor Day
Sunday, September 15
 4 to 6 pm
 Meets at Lower Kingsley Park
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
This city-wide event is in collaboration with the Cambridge Peace Commission, check out other listings near you. Meet your neighbors and their furry friends! Kingsley Park at Fresh Pond is a shared-use off-leash area for Cambridge-licensed dogs. Get acquainted with the area, learn about other local dog-opportunities in the area, find new dog-related resources, meet the rangers, and grab some treats! Questions? tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov
 
 
Cambridge PARK(ing) Day
Friday, September 20
 8 am to 6 pm
 Citywide Event
 
In this year’s event, Cambridge Community Development is partnering with 75 organizations, artists, businesses and City departments to turn 145 parking spots including Main Street from Third to Ames Street into vibrant community spaces for the day! Contact Jennifer Lawrence at jlawrence@cambridgema.gov with any questions. Check out Fresh Pond and the Water Dept. space near Kendall Square!
 
 
Early Migration Bird Walk
Sunday, September 22
 8 to 10 am
 Register for location, parking information, and notice of cancellation due to weather
 
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 birds that stay year-round, such as woodpeckers, finches, sparrows, and hawks. First-time birders 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.
 
 
Cycle to the Source
 Saturday, September 28
 8:30 am to 4 pm
Meets at Cambridge Water Treatment Plant
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
Rain date is Sunday September 29
 
Cycle to the Source is a 33-mile bike tour of the Cambridge Watershed. It is a chance to explore where your water comes from, how it is collected, and what steps are taken to ensure the city has clean drinking water. Lead by Cambridge Water Department staff and guides from Urban Adventours, this event is free and open to the public but for safety reasons is for adults only. It will include stops at the upper reservoirs, dams, gatehouses, and the CWD field office. The ride starts and ends at the Walter J. Sullivan Purification Facility at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, and explores the Cambridge watershed, which includes the lands and reservoirs in Lincoln, Lexington, Weston, and Waltham. Register at www.tinyurl.com/cycletothesource  or with aoconnell@Cambridgema.gov if you’d like to participate! All you need is a working bike, helmet, lunch, and water. If you would like to join but need a bike, Urban Adventours rents hybrid and road bikes that are suitable for the event. $65 would cover the cost of the bike, helmet, and delivery to Fresh Pond on the morning of the tour. Visit their website for more information.
 
 
 To receive monthly email program announcements, send an email to friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
MEMBERSHIPS and DONATIONS
Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation is an all-volunteer organization.  We pay professionals to lead some of our programs, we maintain this website, and we buy supplies for our conservation work on the Reservation. You can support our work by becoming a member of the Friends group. Dues are $10 per year per person, retroactive to January 1 of the current year. If you care to make an additional donation, we will put the money to good use. Thank you so much!
 
                  You can donate online via Paypal by clicking HERE.
                  
                           Or you can mail a check made out to:
                           Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation
                           31 Mount Pleasant Street
                           Cambridge MA 02140-2613
 


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