Cambridge Outdoors

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

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

EVENTS

Weekly Walk for Health

Mondays, 10:00am to 11:00am

Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Start your week off right with a weekly fitness walk! Join us as we walk the perimeter of the pond (2.25 miles). Meet other park goers, get some exercise, and together notice what’s happening on the Reservation. All ages and abilities are welcome! Feel free to contact Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com with any questions.

Woodland Restoration Area Gardening

Tuesdays, Between 9:30am and 1:00pm 

Meets at the Woodland Habitat (Northeast Sector) 

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 friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com if you would like to come, and for more information.

Fresh Air Walks

Wednesdays, 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

These casual walks, led by Ranger Tim, will encompass Fresh Pond and take an informal look at each week in nature, life, and the city. Come alone or bring your co-workers! Rain or shine. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov

Migratory Bird Walk #1

Saturday, April 7th 9:00am to 11:00 am 

Register for parking and meeting information, and for notice of cancellation due to weather.

Among the migrating birds that are passing through at this time of year, we might see several species of waterfowl as well as songbirds, including a variety of warblers.  In addition, many of our summer residents will have returned: tree swallows, catbirds, phoebes, vireos, orioles, grackles and red-winged blackbirds. Beginning birders are welcome.  We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Led by Nancy Guppy. Register with Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com

Seasonal Walkabout at Lusitania Wet Meadow

Friday, April 13th 10:30am to 11:30am

Meets at the “Meeting Rocks” (where the meadow meets the perimeter road trail)

Come out for a seasonal walkabout with Ranger Jean at the Lusitania Wet Meadow. 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 to enjoy the walk. Come dressed to be outdoors for the hour. All knowledge levels welcome. We will be walking off-path. To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at (508) 562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov. Heavy rain postpones to the following Friday.  


City Nature Challenge 2018 BioBlitz

Saturday, April 28th

9:00am to 10:15am – Lusitania Wet Meadow

10:30am to 12:00 noon – Black’s Nook

Join Earthwatch scientists for our kickoff event for the Boston Area City Nature Challenge at Fresh Pond in Cambridge, MA! Drs. Stan Rullman and Mark Chandler will guide us through an exploration of the urban wildlife of Fresh Pond Reservation’s Black’s Nook and Lusitania Meadow. We’ll comb through and document the flora and fauna of Black’s Nook and the Lusitania Meadow using the iNaturalist app. Wear sturdy shoes and bring your smartphone! Contact jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov for more information.

Kids, Bugs, Art!

Sunday, April 29th 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Meets at Maynard Ecology Center, basement level of Neville Place, 650 Concord Ave.

Join us for a fun afternoon of art and citizen science! Come and make a puppet of a local insect – younger kids can make hummingbird and clearwing moth finger puppets, while older kids or adult/ child pairs can help to make parade butterflies and moths for Fresh Pond Day and other local parades. We will also look for wildlife species and upload whatever we find to iNaturalist on the spot as part of a global citizen science project. Co-sponsored by Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project and funded by Cambridge Arts Council. To RSVP or for question email CambridgeWildlifePuppets@gmail.com 

(We still need volunteers! Visit https://goo.gl/forms/NEPntI7qAsBcUEoi2 if you’re interested!)

Fresh Ponding: A Look at Pond Life

Thursday, April 19th 11:00am to 3:00pm

Meets on-location at Black’s Nook

Take part in the Cambridge Science Festival and come to Black’s Nook, a section of Fresh Pond Reservation, to take a closer look at water. Rangers will be there to help look for and identify the macro- and micro-wildlife that inhabit our city waters. Drop in for a bit or stay as long as you like, maybe even complete the 2.25mi stroll around Fresh Pond! Contact tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for questions or directions.

Migratory Bird Walk #2

Saturday, April 21st 8:00am to 10:00am

Register for parking, meeting information, and for notice of cancellation due to weather.

Part of the thrill of birding is that every bird walk is unique and an opportunity for surprise sightings. We can only guess in advance what we might see and hear.  At this time of year many of the birds at Fresh Pond are courting and claiming territories, so we will probably hear plenty of bird song. We welcome beginners, and we will lend you binoculars. Led by Nancy Guppy. Register with Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com

PLACES

 

Ongoing Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities in Cambridge

To stay in touch about volunteer opportunities at Fresh Pond Reservation, contact friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com.

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.

MAPS & WAYFINDING

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