Cambridge Outdoors

playing, learning, and being outdoors in Cambridge, Mass.


The Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project (CWPP) connects people of all ages to the urban wildlife and habitats of Cambridge, Mass. through participatory experiences in parades and puppetry.  Join us to march as a Cambridge animal in The Honk! Parade, October 8, 2017. We provide the costumes, puppets, and banners! Our artistic collaborators have included the Puppeteer’s Cooperative, Cambridge sculptor Michelle Lougee, Puppet Showplace Theater, and the Beautiful Stuff Project.

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We’re thrilled that we were able to present a  four-day summer wildlife event, the Cambridge Fly, Buzz, and Honk! Festival, during Art & Science in Riverside Press Park,


Kids made Red-Winged Blackbird masks and wings during the first day of the Fly, Buzz, and Honk! Festival in August 2017.

held on August 7–August 10. Kid campers from the Morse Community School, and the King Community School, as well as daycare providers and parents with kids, were able to make animal art, animal sounds, and be in an animal parade. Here’s what we did on each day of the festival:

August 7 – Day 1 –  The Mighty Red-winged Blackbird

August 8 – Day 2 – Pollination in the Nation

August 9 – Day 3 – Our City’s Habitats

August 10 – Day 4 – Animal Sound and Motion

Earlier in the summer, as usual, our Cambridge Wildlife Puppets met and greeted kids and parents at Fresh Pond Day.


The Cambridge Wildlife Puppets, Fresh Pond Day 2017

Also in the spring of 2017,  we “roamed about” as Cambridge wildlife species at the Cambridge Science Carnival (April 15th) and at the Cambridge River Festival (June 3rd). We held a wildlife puppetry bonanza featuring Deborah Costine on June 7th. At the June 7th event, in addition to presenting Costine’s performance of “Turtle’s Wetland Quest,” we engaged more than 50 kids in  puppet-making and mask-making at the Tobin Community School.


Great Horned Owl Mask-Making, June 2017

While it was still cold outside, we worked with families of the Pathways Program to make feathers for a giant Northern Cardinal puppet (February). At this time, the puppet is still under construction, but we are hoping it will make its debut on Danehy Park Day, Saturday, September 16, 2017.


In 2016 our puppets and puppeteers participated in the Cambridge Science Carnival, Fresh Pond Day, and the Cambridge Carnival. We also ran our first Fly, Buzz, and Honk! event, focused on flying creatures. We marched in the Honk! Festival, in significant rain, with just a few waterproof costumes and puppets.


Our September 2016 Fly, Buzz, and Honk! flying creatures expo was held at the Maynard Ecology Center.



The Pathways Program families made butterflies at our outdoor workshop in Clement Morgan Park in 2015.


Families of the Center for Families made this giant monarch caterpillar puppet, seen here  in the 2015 Fresh Pond Day wildlife parade.



In 2014 we added Red-Winged Blackbirds to our squad at the Honk! Parade.


See us marching in the 2013 Honk! Parade in this video.

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Our Fresh Pond Banner  and Great Blue Herons in the Background at the 2013 Honk! Parade



Our humble beginnings as a small group of parents and kids and cardboard creatures in 2012.