Cambridge Outdoors

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

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



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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


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 Bring a picnic and enjoy the Reservation after the program.

Ongoing Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities in Cambridge

Community Weed-Outs
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
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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