Cambridge Outdoors

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

Nature in August for Kids and Families

updated August 10,  2017

Saturday, August 12th, 9:30–11:00 a.m. Family-friendly Bug Walk. Be a bug detective! Frog.Prey. Dytiscus_latissimus_divingbeetle.public.domainJoin Tom Murray for an exploration of the Reservation. We will see what insects, spiders, and other critters we can find.  Meeting place: Gazebo by Maher Park, 650 Concord Ave. Please RSVP to Catherine Pedemonti at

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

IMG_3500.JPGThursday, August 17th, 1:00 p.m. Fourth Annual Monarch Butterfly Release. Butterfly activities for kids start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. when we parade to the Kingsley Park bioswale to release the butterflies.  Come in costume and bring your noise makers!  Rain date is Friday August 18th at the same time.  Meeting Place: Outside the Ranger Station at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway. Parking is limited to those with resident or handicap permits so bike or take public transportation! Contact Ranger Jean at (617) 349-4793 for more information.

Note: Only free, public events are listed here.