FREE EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Friday, September 14th
11:00am to 12:00 noon
Seasonal Walkabout at Black’s Nook
Meets at Maher Park, 650 Concord Ave
Come out for a seasonal walkabout with Ranger Jean at Black’s Nook. 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. Service dogs only, please. To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at (508) 562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov. Heavy rain postpones to the following Friday.
Sunday, September 16th
Welcome to Fresh Pond! @ Kingsley Park
Meets at Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
Are you new to Cambridge or the Fresh Pond area? Looking to learn more about restoration on the Reservation? Join Ranger Jean for an introductory tour of Kingsley Park. The tour will cover the rich human and natural history of the land, as well as new improvements. A great opportunity to bring questions or to see what Fresh Pond Reservation is all about! For any RSVPs or questions, please email email@example.com or call (508) 562-7605.
Sunday, September 23rd
10:00am to 11:30am
Meadow Wildflower Walk with Ted Elliman
Meets at Maher Park, 650 Concord Ave.
If you wish that you could identify the wildflowers you see lining the paths around Fresh Pond, this walk might be perfect for you! Ted Elliman of the New England Wildflower Society will lead a walk around our lovely meadows, demonstrating the use of identification guides and sharing information about some of our most lovely floral inhabitants. Feel free to bring a hand lens or your favorite wildflower guide! Please contact Catherine Pedemonti with any questions 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 or 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 water 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: