Cambridge Outdoors

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

Free Outdoor Events for Kids and Families this Month

Sunday, August 12 –  2:00–3:30 p.m.

Art at the Farm

Drop-in workshop for children ages 4 through 11 where you can learn about animals that live in Cambridge while making a simple hand puppet out of empty boxes. Make an American Toad, Bullfrog, Snapping Turtle or Painted Turtle, Tree Swallow, Carolina Wren, Monarch Butterfly, Luna Moth, or any animal that calls Cambridge home. We’ll give out Cambridge Wildlife trading cards to attendees, too! Children MUST be accompanied by a parent. Register at Location: Hurley Street Neighborhood Farm, 213 Hurley St., East Cambridge, Mass.

Sunday, August 19 –  2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m. 

Monarch Butterfly Release Celebration

Water Department staff will host a public release celebration of rare monarch butterflies that the Department has been raising at Fresh Pond Reservation since July. The release ceremony, preceded by a parade beginning at the Walter J. Sullivan Treatment Facility and ending at one of the Reservation’s native meadows in Kingsley park, is the grand finale to Cambridge’s Fresh Pond Monarch Watch and a celebration of our official designation as a Monarch way station. Contact Ranger Tim at  or 617-349-6489 for more details, information, or for volunteer opportunities. Location: Fresh Pond Reservation, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge, Mass.

Sunday, August 26 – 11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m

Insect Olympics

August’s spotlight is on the world of insects. They’re everywhere and full of hidden talents, let’s explore together 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 with Ranger Tim at prior to Thursday, August 23rd. Location: Ranger Station, Fresh Pond Reservation, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway Cambridge, Mass.