Cambridge Outdoors

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

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


Seasonal Walkabout at Black’s Nook

Thursday, December 7, 10:30 to 11:30 am  

Meeting location:  Maher Park parking lot, 650 Concord Avenue

Come out for a seasonal walkabout 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 and enjoy the walk.  Come dressed to be outdoors for the hour. People of all abilities and knowledge levels welcome. Service dogs only please. To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at 508-562-7605 or email

Last Chance (in 2017) Bird Walk

Saturday, December 9, 1 to 3 pm

Meeting place given upon registration

The parade of migrating waterfowl at Fresh Pond continues into early winter.  By December, the long-distance flyers such as canvasbacks and redheads have arrived, and all three merganser species may be present.  We’ll use a telescope to identify birds on the water, and we’ll use binoculars to look at over-wintering songbirds in the trees.  Dress warmly; it can be very cold and windy near the water!  Beginners are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Led by Nancy Guppy. To register and for parking and meeting information, e-mail Catherine Pedemonti at

Solstice Celebration: A Farewell to Fall                                                            

Sunday, December 17, 2:30 to 4:00 pm

Meeting location: Ranger Station (door under the clock tower on the reservoir side of the Water Purification Facility), 250 Fresh Pond Parkway.

…And a Welcome to Winter! Meet Ranger Tim and explore the solstice traditions of nature and culture in this guided loop walk around Fresh Pond (2.25mi). Open to all audiences, dress for the weather at hand.



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

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.

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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