Alewife Poetry Stroll
Friends of Alewife Reservation offers the opportunity to listen to and read poetry during a stroll along a native species garden and nature trail. The event is led by three people. With a long career in education, Barbara Thomas is a poet who writes lyrical nature poetry focusing on a strong sense of place, and is active with North Cambridge Arts (NOCA). Elizabeth Quinlan is a longtime teacher of both visual art and poetry, the author of Promise Supermarket, and an avid gardener. Anne-Marie Lambert has been leading local nature poetry walks and writing articles about Belmont history and stormwater for the Belmont Citizens Forum.
Meet at the picnic tables, Acorn Avenue Parking Lot, Alewife Reservation. It is recommended that attendees wear closed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Come prepared for bees and bugs. Rain: Only thunderstorms will cancel.
Monarch Butterfly Release Celebration
- Fresh Pond Reservation: 162 acres of open space owned by the City of Cambridge (map/directions)
- Mount Auburn Cemetery: a 175 acre haven for wildlife and plants
- Magazine Beach: A 17-acre historical and natural area along the Charles River managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) (map/directions)
- Charles River Parklands: encompassing North Point Park, Magazine Beach, and Riverbend Park in Cambridge as well as Herter Park in Brighton
- Alewife Reservation: home to muskrats and others: a state-owned property spanning Cambridge, Arlington, and Belmont; managed by the DCR
- North Point Park: Newest open space (8 1/2 acres) in Cambridge, maintained by the DCR. Click here for information about the Charles River Conservancy’s water quality research information at this location.
Ongoing Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities in Cambridge
To stay in touch about volunteer opportunities at Fresh Pond Reservation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cambridge Department of Public Works has volunteer opportunities, including landscaping and “adopt a storm drain.”
The Charles River Watershed Association engages volunteers to draw samples, including at Cambridge locations. Click here for information.
MAPS & WAYFINDING
- Gallery of Open Space Maps (includes small “pocket parks” and public plazas)
- Walking Distances and Map of Fresh Pond Reservation
- Map of Bicycle Facilities and Paths in Cambridge
- Download Complete Map of Parks, Playgrounds, and Reservations in Cambridge as a PDF A selection from this map, updated May 2016, is here: