Fresh Pond Trees
- List of Trees at Fresh Pond Reservation (by Common Name)
- List of Shrubs at Fresh Pond Reservation (by Botanical Name)
- List of Plantings (Including but not limited to trees) near the Water Dept. Building, Kingsley Park, and Weir Meadow)
Fresh Pond Wildflowers
- List of Wildflowers at Fresh Pond Reservation: Page 1 and Page 2
- List of Native Flowers, Trees, Sedges, Shrubs and Ferns at the Woodland Restoration Project Area (aka “The Corner,” “Susannah’s Corner,” and “the habitat”)
- Moth and Butterfly Host Plants at Fresh Pond, by Julie Croston
Lusitania Meadow Wildflowers
(Provided by Ranger to Children’s House, Tobin Montessori School, Classrooms)
Normally we don’t pick living things at Fresh Pond. We teach the children what applies to all visitors to the reservation—interference with the habitat, including picking and harvesting of any kind, is disallowed.
However, there are very occasional exceptions made with the permission of the ranger or the ecology center director. One is that any items (not living) collected can be used in classrooms if they are returned to the reservation by the children that day, or on a subsequent trip. This includes pond water from Black’s Nook examined in the ecology center—it must be returned.
A few items can very occasionally be selectively sampled–again, only with the explicit consent of the aforementioned authorities .
Invasive plants are their own category—they are regularly “harvested” by a gang of volunteers (more on this here).
With that strong caveat, here is a list of the meadow plants that were shared with Children’s House after being used by the Art & Science in One program in June, 2013:
Curly dock (green, tiny flowers)
Prickly lettuce (underside of leaves have prickles; no flowers)
Anemone (white petals, with yellow centers)
Sweet William (these are deep red; comes in other colors, though)
Red clover (flower is not actually red, but purple)
Tansy (without flowers) -smell stems and leaves, though!
Yarrow (white tiny flowers, finely serrated, narrow leaves)
Grasses (several kinds; mostly gone to seed)
Birdsfoot trefoil (yellow flower looks like “butter and eggs” flower or like tiny snapdragons)
Yellow unknown flower, with red (gone-to-seed) heads
Golden Alexander (yellow flowers, with umbrels)
Larch tree branch
Sugar Maple twigs with leaves and samaras
Some Fall Seeds and Seedpods of Fresh Pond
Map of Trees by Species in Cambridge
Link to List of Trees in Cambridge, Massachusetts (List Provided by Department of Public Works/City Arborist)