- 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
FREE EVENTS (UPDATED 5/22/17)
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6/12–6/21 FRESH POND BIODIVERSITY WEEK.
June 12–21. Fresh Pond Day is the The Reservation is bursting with life forms of all shapes and sizes – come help us identify and record as many as we can find! Join staff and volunteers for a biological inventory of the plants, amphibians, insects, trees, and more that make their home at Fresh Pond. We will break into teams on different days to explore different habitats in the Reservation and see what we can find. Anyone who loves nature and exploring the natural world is welcome – especially those with enthusiasm and willingness to look through identification guides to help collect habitat data! Join for one, or the series.
Monday, June 12 | 8:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.: Nightlife (bats/owls/moths/other insects)
Sunday, June 18 | 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Mushrooms
Sunday, June 18 | 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Meadow Life in Lusitania Meadow
Wednesday, June 21 | 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.: Birds
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting locations.
6/16 SEASONAL WALKABOUT.
Friday, 10:30–11:30 a.m. Seasonal Walkabout at Fresh Pond. While taking a pleasant late spring walk, we will observe plants and animals in a pond habitat. We will collect information on weather, temperature, animal sign or presence, and plants to compare over monthly summer walkabouts in the same location. Led by Ranger Jean. Leisurely pace. People of all abilities and knowledge levels welcome. Attend one or the series and develop your ability to take in more of the reservation. Service dogs only please. Extreme weather cancels. To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at (508)-562-7605 or email email@example.com.
Ongoing Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities in Cambridge
Mondays, 6:00–7:30 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. and 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 email email@example.com if you would like to come, and for more information.
Fresh Pond Stewards: Wake Up and Weed!
Thursdays, 10am to 12
Meets at the volunteer trailer in the front parking lot.
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)
- 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:
- OPEN SPACE PLANNING, EAST CAMBRIDGE. Three new parks and a park renovation are on the table for 2017 construction in East Cambridge/Kendall Square.
- OPEN SPACE PLANNING, MID-CAMBRIDGE. Sacramento Field, a less-than-two-acre open space near the Maria Baldwin School, is also due for renovation. More info is here.
- Learn about the Envision Cambridge citywide planning process.
- Participate in Cambridge’s participatory budgeting process.