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  MARCH and APRIL 2017 PROGRAMS 
 and Two Lecture Series, Below

 

 
 
MARCH 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.
 
 
The Art & Science of Growing Native Plants from Seed:
Why, When, and How
Date: Wednesday, March 1 
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall 
449 Broadway,Cambridge
  
                               Speaker: Randi Eckel, Founder of Toadshade Wildflower Farm
As we incorporate more native plants into our landscapes, there are so many good reasons to use plants propagated from seed. But wild plants have evolved with a dizzying array of mechanisms, including chemical-induced dormancy and mandatory cold stratification, to ensure that their seeds disperse, persevere, and germinate at just the right time under natural conditions.  These mechanisms are not in place to frustrate would-be plant propagators, but must be understood by gardeners to successfully grow native plants from seed. Come for a far-reaching discussion of the issues surrounding seed collection, procurement, and propagation, with information that will encourage the novice and challenge the professional alike. This lecture is FREE and open to the public. You do not need to register to attend.  Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation is helping sponsor this program.
 
 
Winter Nature Storytime
Dates: Fridays, March 3, 17, 31
Time: 10 to 11 am
Meeting Place:
Art Room at Neville Place 
650 Concord Avenue 
 
Join us for nature story time at Fresh Pond! Children and their caretakers are welcome to join us for some arts and crafts, followed by nature story time, and then a nature walk. We will read about winter and what humans and wildlife do during this time. Please come dressed to play outside! Feel free to contact Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com to RSVP or with any questions. Directions: Enter the back building (650 Concord Ave.) and turn left. The art room is at the end of the hall on the first floor.
 
 
 Winter Tree Scavenger Hunt
Date: Saturday, March 4
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Register to learn Meeting Place
It can be hard to tell trees apart in the wintertime without their leaves, but you can learn how to look for differences in buds, bark, and branching patterns. Join Ranger Jean for this outdoor scavenger hunt in the woods of Fresh Pond Reservation. We will then head inside to talk about what we found! No dogs please (except service dogs). Be sure to come dressed for the outdoors. Please RSVP to jrogers@cambridgema.gov for meeting location.
 
 
 Living With Coyotes 
Date: Thursday, March 9
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Cambridge Water Department  
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Learn all about the most misunderstood and remarkable animal in North America! As Belmont’s Animal Control Officer and Massachusetts’ Representative for Project Coyote, John Maguranis has been able to get up close with these increasingly common animals. Join us for an evening of photos, data, and information about North America’s most adaptable carnivore. Topics include diet, behavior, tracking, hazing, pet and human safety, and much more. No registration required.
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at Lusitania Field
Date: Friday, March 17
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 service dogs). Extreme weather cancels.  For more info or to RSVP, contact Ranger Jean at (508)-562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgema.gov .
 
 
 Fresh Pond Owl Prowl 
Date: Monday, March 20
Time: 6 to 7 pm
Meeting Place:
Fresh Pond Ranger Station 
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Though they are seldom seen or heard, the Reservation has been known to host owls. It is no surprise that these nocturnal creatures are somewhat of a mystery to many visitors at Fresh Pond - by day, most are likely to be hiding or sleeping somewhere secure. Come to learn about the numerous adaptations owls have that make them so fascinating, and take an evening stroll to listen for evidence of any feathered friends nearby! Please RSVP to fpr@cambridgema.gov.
 
 
Welcome Spring Bird Walk 
Date: Saturday, March 25
Time: 9 to 11 am
Meeting Place:
Register for parking information and to learn Meeting Place
 
 
Spring is here at last!  The earliest migrating birds are arriving at the Reservation. They will either stay for the breeding season or rest and eat before continuing their journey northward. The new arrivals and year-round residents will soon be busy building nests and defending territories. We may see a variety of migrating waterfowl on the ponds as well as songbirds in trees. Beginners are welcome!  We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. To register and for meeting place, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
Early Spring Tree Scavenger Hunt 
Date: Sunday, March 26
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Meeting Place:
Register to learn Meeting Place
 
How do trees know when to leaf out in the spring? Join Ranger Jean for this outdoor scavenger hunt in the woods of Fresh Pond Reservation to learn how to look for differences in buds, bark, and branching patterns in early spring trees before they are fully leafed out. We will then head inside to talk about what we found! No dogs please. Be sure to come dressed for the outdoors. Please RSVP to jrogers@cambridgema.gov for meeting location.
 
 
Reflecting on Fresh Pond 
Art, Prose, and Poetry to Share: New Date and Time! 
NEW Date: Saturday, June 10
NEW Time: 2 to 4 pm
Meeting Place: 
Neville Place 
650 Concord Avenue
 
Fresh Pond Reservation means so much to so many of us.  Whether your 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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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APRIL 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.
 
 
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 April
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 April
Time: 10 to 11 am except April 23
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, April 14 and 28
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
 
 
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour
Date: Monday, April 10
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.
 
 
Migratory Bird Walk #1
Date: Saturday. April 15
Time: 9 to 11 am
Meeting Place:
Register for parking information and to learn meeting place
 
 
Among the migrating birds that are passing through at this time of year, we might see several species of waterfowl as well as songbirds, including a variety of warblers.  In addition, many of our summer residents will have returned: tree swallows, catbirds, phoebes, vireos, orioles, grackles and red-winged blackbirds. Beginners are welcome.  We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Led by Nancy Guppy. Register with Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
Volunteer Adventures with Ranger Jean
Date #1: Tuesday, April 18
Time: 9 to 11:30 am and 1:30 to 4 pm
Date #2: Saturday, April 29
Time: 1 to 3:30 pm
Meeting Place: Ranger Station 
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
 
Go behind the scenes to see what’s involved in maintaining Cambridge’s most heavily visited open space.  Join a volunteer group spreading wood chips to help control erosion in heavily used sections of the Reservation, and weeding invasive plants to free up space for native plants to thrive. Please come prepared to be in the woods, with close-toed shoes and long pants. Gloves and tools will be provided! No experience necessary. Ages 14 and up. Please RSVP to fpr@cambridgema.gov.
 
 
Seasonal Walkabout at Lusitania Meadow
Date: Friday, April 21
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.
 
 
Migratory Bird Walk #2
Date: Sunday, April 23
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 am
Meeting Place:
Register for parking information and to learn meeting place
 
 
Part of the thrill of birding is that every bird walk is unique and an opportunity for surprise sightings. We can only guess in advance what we might see and hear.  At this time of year many of the birds at Fresh Pond are courting and claiming territories, so we will probably hear plenty of bird song. We welcome beginners, and we will lend you binoculars. Led by Nancy Guppy. Register with Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.
 
 
Pond Life Exploration at Black's Nook
Date: Sunday, April 23
Time: 10 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place: 
Mahr Park parking lot 
650 Concord Avenue
 
Discover the amazing diversity of plants and critters that make their home in and around the water at Fresh Pond Reservation! We will observe and record living things such as algae, aquatic plants, and macroinvertebrates. Drop-ins and families welcome!
 
 
LOOKING AHEAD: Programs in May and June
 
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.
 
 
Reflecting on Fresh Pond 
Art, Prose, and Poetry to Share
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Meeting Place: 
Neville Place 
650 Concord Avenue
 
Fresh Pond Reservation means so much to so many of us.  Whether your 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.
 

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.

 
 Building a Drought-Tolerant Garden
Date: Saturday, April 1
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
l1449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
There are drought-tolerant plants and then there are drought-tolerant superstars. Join Dan Jaffe to explore landscaping techniques for drought-proofing your garden. Learn which plants managed best in the driest conditions during the worst drought on record—from bee balms for dry, sandy sites to the toughest black-eyed Susans.
 
 
Growing Food in the City
Date: Wednesday, May 10
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
l1449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Even in the city you can grow your own fresh produce. During this lecture by Marie Macchiarolo, we will discuss garden design and installation, crop planning, plant selection, and organic and ecologically responsible pest and disease management. Whether your goal is to transform your lawn into a vegetable garden or just grow a few herbs, you will learn the techniques for producing edibles in an urban space.
 
 
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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Grow Native Massachusetts
presents
EVENINGS WITH EXPERTS
A FREE public lecture series at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway
First Wednesdays, February through May
7:00 to 8:30 pm
 
How Native Plant Cultivars Affect Pollinators
Date: Wednesday, April 5
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
449 Broadway,Cambridge
Speaker: Annie White, Landscape Designer & Adjunct Professor, UVM 
Initiatives to address pollinator decline are widespread and native plants are the preferred choice for pollinator habitat restoration. The growing demand for natives, coupled with a longstanding desire of horticulturalists for enhanced bloom, color, or other characteristics, has led to the increased selection and breeding of native cultivars. Although these cultivars are typically marketed for their ecological benefits, until now there have been no scientific studies to support or refute these claims. So are native cultivars as valuable in pollinator habitat gardens as the true native species? Annie White will help answer this question by sharing the results of four years of field data. Her research is groundbreaking and remarkable.
Annie White is the founder of Nectar Landscape Design Studio and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Vermont. She earned her MS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her recent PhD in Plant & Soil Science from the University of Vermont was focused on this exceptional new research on native plant cultivars.
 
 
The Challenge of a Public Native Plant Garden:
Maintenance, Interpretation and Compromise
Date: Wednesday, May 3
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place:Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
449 Broadway,Cambridge
Speaker: Michael Hagen, Curator of the Native Plant Garden at the NYBG 
The New York Botanical Garden’s new Native Plant Garden opened in 2013. Designed by Oehme van Sweden, it includes a diversity of microclimates on 3.5 acres of varied terrain with a planting plan of almost 100,000 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses. Curator Michael Hagen will explain how this garden is successfully maintained, and their criteria for what constitutes “native” in species selection and the use of cultivars. This very public landscape presents native plants in a contemporary style, with an emphasis on aesthetics over recreating habitat. Michael will share his observations about how the public perceives and responds to the value of this native plant palette, along with ideas for inspiring others to “go native.”

Michael Hagen is Curator of both the Native Plant Garden and the Rock Garden at NYBG. He previously served as Staff Horticulturist for over 11 years at Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, New York and was Garden Manager at Rocky Hills in Mt. Kisco, a preservation project of the Garden Conservancy. 
 

All of these Grow Native Massachusetts Lectures are FREE and open to the public.
You do not need to register or sign up - just come.

Visit the  GROW NATIVE MASSACHUSETTS website to learn more about growing native plants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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