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MAY and JUNE 2017 PROGRAMS 
 and a Lecture Series, Below

 

 

MAY 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.
 
Recurring Programs
 
Community Weed-Outs
Dates: Monday, May1, 15 and 22
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Mahr Parking Lot
650 Concord Avenue
 
Spring has sprung at Fresh Pond, and among other things this means…weeds!  Invasive weeds, that is.  Help us protect native plants on the Reservation by keeping these intruders, such as garlic mustard and Canada thistle, at bay at these evening weeding sessions.  No experience necessary; all equipment provided! Meets at Maher parking lot, 650 Concord Ave. Please RSVP to fpr@cambridgema.gov
 
 
Woodland Restoration Project Stewardship
Dates: Tuesdays during the growing season 
Time: 9:30 am to 1 pm
Meeting Place: email friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com if you would like to come,  
and for more information.
 
Join other stewardship-minded volunteers in caretaking the native plant restoration area next to Lusitania Meadow and learning about the diversity of native plant life! We seek dedicated participants who enjoy comraderie and hard work that includes weeding, pruning, planting, watering new plantings, hauling wood chips and moving logs.
 
 
Fresh Pond Stewards: Wake Up and Weed!
Dates: Thursdays in May
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place: 
The 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. Meets at the volunteer trailer in the lower parking lot
 
 
Fresh Pond Kid's Walks
Date: Fridays in May
Time: 10 to 11 am
Meeting Place: Gazebo at Neville Place

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 read stories, look out for birds and bugs, and make some crafts. Please come dressed ready for the weather (and in clothes that are OK to get a bit dirty). Please RSVP to Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
 
 
Fresh Pond After-school Kid's Walks
Date: Fridays, May 12 and 26
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Gazebo at Neville Place
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. Please RSVP to Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
 
 
_____________May 2017 Programs__________
 
 Family-Friendly Volunteer Event
& DIY Seed Bomb Session
Date: Saturday, May  6
Time: 9:30 to 11 am
Meeting Place:
 Please RSVP to friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
for parking information and meeting place.
 
A volunteer event perfect for both kids and adults! Come help remove garlic mustard, an invasive, non-native plant that crowds out native plants and puts toxins in the soil that inhibit native seeds from sprouting.  Fortunately, it’s easy to recognize, easy to pull, and edible! No experience necessary! All tools are provided; long sleeves, pants and a water bottle are recommended. In addition we invite you to help sprout wildflowers all over Cambridge by making “seed-bombs” out of compost, clay and seeds!  Take them home with you and spread throughout town. Native wildflower species are not only beautiful, they also provide nectar and seed for wildlife, and reduce erosion.  Please RSVP to friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com for parking information and meeting place.
 
 
 Birding by Ear 
Date: Sunday, May 7
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 am
Meeting Place:
Register for parking information, to learn meeting place,
and for notice of cancellation due to inclement weather
 
Walk leader Herb Pearce will help us learn to identify and locate birds by their songs.  The birds will be singing up a storm, courting or defending territories, while some will be hard at work building nests. We will use guides with pictures of the birds to help you get to know them. Birders of all experience levels are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Register with Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour
Date: Monday, May 8
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place:
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! 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.
 
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Invasive Plants Walkabout @ Fresh Pond
with Ted Elliman
Date: Monday, May 8
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place:
front door of Water Purification Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Curious about the seemingly innocuous plants you’ve observed volunteers removing from the Reservation during the summertime? Or are you suspicious of some strange new visitors popping up in your garden or climbing up your fences? Join Ted Elliman, botanist extraordinaire formerly of the New England Wildflower Society, for an evening walk around the Reservation, in which he will teach how to identify common invasive plants, why these invasive species pose such a danger to native plant and animal communities, and how to manage them for the health of our local ecosystems. Please RSVP to fpr@cambridgema.gov or (617) 349-6489
 
 
 Seasonal Walkabout at Lusitania Meadow
Date: Thursday, May 18
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 for service dogs. Extreme weather cancels.  For more info or to RSVP, contact Ranger Jean at (508)-562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgema.gov
 
 
 Tenth Annual Fresh Pond Day 
Date: Saturday, May 20
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Meeting Place:
Water Purification Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Fresh Pond Day is the Cambridge Water Department's annual tribute to this unique Reservation that is a vital natural resource, an invaluable sanctuary for wildlife, and a beloved recreational escape in the City. So let's give Fresh Pond the celebration, jubilation and love it deserves; join in the festivities! Attendees will enjoy live wildlife presentations, a wildlife and bike parade, live music, facepainting, truck climb-aboards, tours, and more! Free and open to all, activities will take place in and around the Water Treatment Facility located at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge. Parking available at the Tobin School, 197 Vassal Lane. Please note: rain or other inclement weather cancels this event. Bookmark the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1040499012761682/!
For more information, please email mwong@cambridgema.gov
 
 
 Spring Bird Walk 
Date: Sunday, May 21
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 am
Meeting Place:
Register for parking information, to learn meeting place,
and for notice of cancellation due to inclement weather
 
By mid-May our avian summer residents have returned and many will have babies in the nest. We may see tree swallows, catbirds, grackles, red-winged blackbirds, phoebes, vireos, warblers and orioles. We also may hear baby birds crying for breakfast, and see their parents bringing them food. Led by Nancy Guppy. Beginners are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. To register and for important meeting and parking information, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
 

To receive monthly email program announcements, send an email to friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JUNE 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.
 
Recurring Programs
 
Monday Evening Weed-Outs
Dates:  Mondays in June
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Mahr Parking Lot
650 Concord Avenue
 
Help us improve the health of our urban wild’s ecosystems by keeping invasive plants at bay! We will be removing noxious weeds such as garlic mustard, bittersweet, and black swallow-wort for the health of our environment at these evening weeding sessions. No experience necessary; all equipment provided! Please email fpr@cambridgema.gov to RSVP in case of weather-related cancellation.
 
 
Woodland Restoration Project Stewardship
Dates: Tuesdays during the growing season 
Time: 9:30 am to 1 pm
Meeting Place: email friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com if you would like to come,  
and for more information.
 
Join other stewardship-minded volunteers in caretaking the native plant restoration area next to Lusitania Meadow and learning about the diversity of native plant life! We seek dedicated participants who enjoy comraderie and hard work that includes weeding, pruning, planting, watering new plantings, hauling wood chips and moving logs.
 
 
Fresh Pond Stewards: Wake Up and Weed!
Dates: Thursdays in June
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place: 
The 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. Meets at the volunteer trailer in the lower parking lot.
 
 
Fresh Pond Kid's Walks
Date: Fridays in June
Time: 10 to 11 am
Meeting Place: Gazebo at Neville Place

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 read stories, look out for birds and bugs, and make some crafts. Please come dressed ready for the weather (and in clothes that are OK to get a bit dirty). Please RSVP to Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
 
 
Fresh Pond After-school Kid's Walks
Date:  Fridays, June, 2 and 16
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Gazebo at Neville Place
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. Please RSVP to Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
 
_____________June 2017 Programs__________
 
Spring Walk in the Butterfly Meadow
for Seniors and Others
Date: Thursday, June 1
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place:
Mahr Park parking Lot
650 Concord Avenue
 
We will explore the unfolding of spring in the Butterfly Meadow behind Neville Place.  We’ll take note of the plants and animals present.  Walk is on flat ground and covers a small amount of territory.
Meet at 10:15   A parking permit can be provided if someone drives in without a Cambridge resident permit.  The 72 bus that goes between Harvard Station and Belmont runs down Concord Ave.  Riders can get off at Moulton St. and use the traffic light to cross into the driveway for Neville Place and Maher Park. Please call 617 349-4793 to register. Rain cancels.
 
Nesting Bird Walk 
Date: Saturday, June 3
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 am
Meeting Place:
Register for parking information, to learn meeting place,
and for notice of cancellation due to inclement weather
 
Many birds choose to build their nests and raise their young at Fresh Pond Reservation, because there is an abundance of insect food and plenty of safe habitat. We may hear birds singing their territorial songs and see others gathering food for their hungry babies. Walk leader Nancy Guppy will help us look for Baltimore orioles, yellow warblers, warbling vireos, redwing blackbirds, and other migratory birds which spend the breeding season at the Pond. Beginning birders are welcome! If you don't have binoculars you may borrow a pair from us. Register with Catherine at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com
 
 
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour
Date: Monday, June 5
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Meeting Place:
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! 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 
 
 
 Reflecting on Fresh Pond
Art, Prose, and Poetry Share
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Meeting Place:
Maynard Ecology Center, Basement of Neville Place
650 Concord Ave
 
Whether you 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.
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at Black's Nook 
Date: Friday, June 16
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place:
Mahr Park parking Lot
650 Concord Avenue
 
While taking a pleasant late spring walk, we will observe plants and animals in a pond habitat. We will collect information on weather, temperature, animal sign or presence, and plants to compare over monthly summer walkabouts in the same location. Led by Ranger Jean. Leisurely pace. People of all abilities and knowledge levels welcome. Attend one or the series and develop your ability to take in more of the reservation. Service dogs only please. Extreme weather cancels.  To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at (508)-562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgema.gov
 
 
 Junior Ranger Program 
Date: Saturday, June 17
Time: Starts at 1 pm
Meeting Place:
 register by Friday, June 16 at 5 pm for start location and map of the Reservation
 
A program for families with kids 8-10.  Join Ranger Jean in making a ranger hat and then going on patrol doing things rangers do.  This is NOT a drop in program.  Limited to 10 pairs of adult/child.  Contact  jrogers@cambridgema.gov to register and for more information.
 
 
Summer Solstice Bird Walk 
Date: Wednesday, June 21
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Meeting Place:
Register for parking information, to learn meeting place,
and for notice of cancellation due to inclement weather
 
If you can’t bear to get up at dawn to look at birds, this evening walk is for you. Just as people take advantage of the longest days of the year to continue their outdoor activities, so do birds: They spend the extra hours of daylight foraging for food for their hungry babies.  Led by Nancy Guppy. Beginning birders are welcome.  We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Register with Catherine at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
 Global Water Dance at Fresh Pond Reservation 
Date: Saturday, June 24
Time: 2 to 4 pm (3 pm performance)
 Meeting Place: 
Weir Meadow at Fresh Pond
 
On June 24, 2017, artists, environmentalists and community members in more than ninety cities around the globe will come together to celebrate, reflect and inspire solutions for our most beloved resource through dance in Earth: Water. Freshwater is the thread that connects everyone and everything on planet Earth. Rivers, streams, lakes and groundwater are all impacted by how we live on the land. Global Water Dances is a creative and dynamic international campaign to raise awareness of this critical resource-reminding people of the importance of managing our water resources and uniting communities to take action for safe, clean water. Join expressive arts therapists, community arts educators from Lesley University and local established artists in this very special site specific performance.
 
 
 A Volunteer Opportunity 
Date: Thursday, June 29
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 am
Meeting Place: 
Given upon Registration
 
Join FORMA Therapeutics of Watertown in a community service program.  If you’re looking for some community service hours or would like to take your exercise outdoors, this could be the right project for you.  We’ll be removing invasive buckthorn saplings in the woodland behind Glacken Field using weed wrenches and other tools. All tools, gloves, water and instruction provided. We’ll be there working with you. Contact Chief Ranger Jean Rogers to register by Monday, June 26 at 5 pm at jrogers@cambridgema.gov.
 
 

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.

 
Improving your Garden Soil 
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
l1449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Too often, gardeners reach for a quick fix fertilizer to “improve” garden soil and plant health. Unfortunately, all fertilizers are potential pollutants, and gardeners should do their best to avoid them. Instructor Mark Richardson will show you how to be a better environmental steward and save money by practicing a holistic approach to improving your garden soil.
 
 
Nibbling on Nature in the City 
Date: Wednesday, July 12
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place: Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
l1449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Join Russ Cohen as he discusses the comestible virtues of at least three dozen wild plants commonly found in urban habitats such as vacant lots, bike path edges, ball fields, weedy areas around community garden plots, and your yard. Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, along with information on which parts of the plant are edible, seasons of availability, preparation methods, and guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging.
 
 
Garden and Landscape Maintenance
Date: Saturday, August 12
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
l1449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
We should all strive to be lazier gardeners. Sometimes our maintenance practices are counterproductive. During this talk with March Richardson, you will learn a better approach to garden and landscape maintenance that will make your garden more sustainable and give you more time to stop and smell the flowers!
 
These FREE classes take place in the lecture hall at the
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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