- 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.
Ongoing Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities in Cambridge
Monday Night Weed-Outs with Fresh Pond Stewards. September 11 & September 18.
5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m. or until dark. Join experienced volunteers to remove invasive plants from the Butterfly Meadow behind Neville Place. Tools, gloves, and good company provided. Please bring water bottle and wear long pants and sleeves as well as boots or sneakers. Groups please contact us at 508-562-7605 to register so we have enough tools. Meeting Location: Maher Parking Lot, 650 Concord Ave.
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: