Weekly Walk for Health
Mondays, 10:00am to 11:00am
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
Start your week off right with a weekly fitness walk! Join us as we walk the perimeter of the pond (2.25 miles). Meet other park goers, get some exercise, and together notice what’s happening on the Reservation. All ages and abilities are welcome! Feel free to contact Catherine Pedemonti at email@example.com with any questions.
Woodland Restoration Area Gardening
Tuesdays, Between 9:30am and 1:00pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to come, and for more information.
Fresh Air Walks
Wednesdays, 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Meets at the Ranger Station, 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! Rain or shine. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov
Migratory Bird Walk #1
Saturday, April 7th 9:00am to 11:00 am
Register for parking and meeting information, and for notice of cancellation due to weather.
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. Beginning birders are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Led by Nancy Guppy. Register with Catherine Pedemonti at email@example.com.
Seasonal Walkabout at Lusitania Wet Meadow
Friday, April 13th 10:30am to 11:30am
Meets at the “Meeting Rocks” (where the meadow meets the perimeter road trail)
Come out for a seasonal walkabout with Ranger Jean at the Lusitania Wet Meadow. 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.
City Nature Challenge 2018 BioBlitz
Saturday, April 28th
9:00am to 10:15am – Lusitania Wet Meadow
10:30am to 12:00 noon – Black’s Nook
Join Earthwatch scientists for our kickoff event for the Boston Area City Nature Challenge at Fresh Pond in Cambridge, MA! Drs. Stan Rullman and Mark Chandler will guide us through an exploration of the urban wildlife of Fresh Pond Reservation’s Black’s Nook and Lusitania Meadow. We’ll comb through and document the flora and fauna of Black’s Nook and the Lusitania Meadow using the iNaturalist app. Wear sturdy shoes and bring your smartphone! Contact jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov for more information.
Kids, Bugs, Art!
Sunday, April 29th 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Meets at Maynard Ecology Center, basement level of Neville Place, 650 Concord Ave.
Join us for a fun afternoon of art and citizen science! Come and make a puppet of a local insect – younger kids can make hummingbird and clearwing moth finger puppets, while older kids or adult/ child pairs can help to make parade butterflies and moths for Fresh Pond Day and other local parades. We will also look for wildlife species and upload whatever we find to iNaturalist on the spot as part of a global citizen science project. Co-sponsored by Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project and funded by Cambridge Arts Council. To RSVP or for question email CambridgeWildlifePuppets@gmail.com
(We still need volunteers! Visit https://goo.gl/forms/NEPntI7qAsBcUEoi2 if you’re interested!)
Fresh Ponding: A Look at Pond Life
Thursday, April 19th 11:00am to 3:00pm
Meets on-location at Black’s Nook
Take part in the Cambridge Science Festival and come to Black’s Nook, a section of Fresh Pond Reservation, to take a closer look at water. Rangers will be there to help look for and identify the macro- and micro-wildlife that inhabit our city waters. Drop in for a bit or stay as long as you like, maybe even complete the 2.25mi stroll around Fresh Pond! Contact tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for questions or directions.
Migratory Bird Walk #2
Saturday, April 21st 8:00am to 10:00am
Register for parking, meeting information, and for notice of cancellation due to weather.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com.
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: