- 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.
FREE EVENTS (UPDATED 8/10/17)
For kid- and family-centered happenings, click here.
8/13 ALL-AGES FRESH POND NATURE WALK.
Sunday, August 13, 9:30–11:00 a.m. Fresh Pond Nature Walk. Join us for a walk through our urban wild. We will explore together the flora and fauna of the Reservation, noting bloom and berry; birds and bugs; and beyond! Feel free to bring binoculars, field guides, a hand lens, journal, camera… or just bring yourself! Beginners are welcome, as are children. Meeting location: Gazebo near Maher Park, 650 Concord Ave.Please RSVP with Catherine Pedemonti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8/14 BEHIND THE FENCE.
Monday, August 14, 6:00–7:00 p.m. Fresh Pond Drainage and Community Gardens Project – What’s Been Going on Behind the Fence? Have you been walking by the construction and wondering about what you’re seeing? Join us for a brief walk on the detour path so we can identify the elements of the project and answer your questions. We’ll also have an artist’s rendering of the completed project so you’ll know what to look forward to when the project is completed. Meeting place: Water Purification Facility Main Door. Contact Ranger Jean to register at 617 349-4793 or email@example.com Bring a picnic and enjoy the Reservation after the program.
Ongoing Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities in Cambridge
Mondays, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Spring has sprung at Fresh Pond, and among other things this means…weeds! Invasive weeds, that is. Help us protect native plants on the Reservation by keeping these intruders, such as garlic mustard and Canada thistle, at bay at these evening weeding sessions. No experience necessary; all equipment provided! Meets at Maher parking lot, 650 Concord Ave. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woodland Restoration Area Gardening at Fresh Pond
Tuesdays between 9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 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 RSVP to email@example.com.
Fresh Pond Stewards: Wake Up and Weed!
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Join our weed-warrior crew! We are Fresh Pond citizens dedicated to keeping invasive plants at bay for the benefit of wildlife, water and humans alike. No experience or long-term commitment necessary! All tools are provided; sturdy shoes, pants, long-sleeves and a water bottle are strongly recommended. Meets at the volunteer trailer in the lower parking lot.
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: