Cambridge Outdoors

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Nature in April for Kids and Families

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.

Animal Detectives: Frogs

Sunday, April 22nd 11:00am to 12:00 noon

Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Parkway (under the clock tower)

April’s spotlight is on the frog. Come this Earth Day and see what it takes to be a frog as we explore how they live. This family program is best suited for kids between 4 and 12. Accompanying adult must be present, service dogs only please, and dress appropriately as this is an outdoor program. Groups please check-in with Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov prior to Thursday, April 19th

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!)