Cambridge Outdoors

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

Visit, Support & Share the Love of Cambridge’s Wild Places


Alewife Poetry Stroll

Saturday, August 18
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Alewife Reservation
CambridgeMA 02138

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

Sunday, August 19
2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
250 Fresh Pond Parkway
CambridgeMA 02138
Water Department staff will host a public release celebration of rare monarch butterflies that the Department has been raising at Fresh Pond Reservation since July. The release ceremony, preceded by a parade beginning at the Walter J. Sullivan Treatment Facility and ending at one of the Reservation’s native meadows in Kingsley park, is the grand finale to Cambridge’s Fresh Pond Monarch Watch and a celebration of our official designation as a Monarch way station.
Contact Ranger Tim at or 617-349-6489 for more details, information, or for volunteer opportunities.



Ongoing Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities in Cambridge

To stay in touch about volunteer opportunities at Fresh Pond Reservation, contact

More opportunities:

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.


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