December 9 (Sunday), 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. Historical Photo Walk: Kingsley Park. For everyone (but service dogs only). Meets at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway (Fresh Pond Reservation), under the clock tower. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
December 13 (Thursday), 11:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. Seasonal Walkabout at Black’s Nook. All knowledge levels welcome. Service dogs only. Meets at Maher Park, 650 Concord Avenue (Fresh Pond Reservation), under the clock tower. Come dressed to be outdoors for the hour Email email@example.com for more information.
December 16 (Sunday), 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. Urban Animal Tracking. For everyone (but service dogs only). Meets at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway (Fresh Pond Reservation), under the clock tower. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes, as this walk goes “wherever the tracks lead us.” Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
December 23 (Sunday), 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Winter Solstice Celebration: A Farewell to Fall. Meets at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway (Fresh Pond Reservation), under the clock tower. Rain or shine; dress for the weather at hand. Email email@example.com for more information.
- 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. Click here for information about the Charles River Conservancy’s water quality research information at this location.
Ongoing Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities in Cambridge
To stay in touch about volunteer opportunities at Fresh Pond Reservation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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 water 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:
GROUPS and RESOURCES