[Parentsgroup-list] Fwd: October programs at Fresh Pond Reservation

David Romney david.a.romney at gmail.com
Wed Oct 2 09:42:21 EDT 2019

Hi all,

I wanted to forward this list of activities - the Friends of Fresh Pond
group has a lot of fun, kid-friendly and nature-focused programming
throughout the year,

David Romney

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From: Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation <
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Date: Wed, Oct 2, 2019 at 9:34 AM
Subject: October programs at Fresh Pond Reservation
To: David <david.a.romney at gmail.com>


at Fresh Pond Reservation
Offered by Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation and the Cambridge Water
Children welcome at all programs accompanied by a caretaker
All programs are free and open to the public

12:00pm to 1:30pm
*Fresh Air Walks*
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower), 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

These casual walks, led by Ranger Tim, will encompass Fresh Pond and take
an informal look at each week in nature, life, and the city. Come alone or
bring your co-workers! Parking passes available. Rain or shine. Questions?
Contact: tpuopolo at cambridgeMA.gov

Between 9:30am and 1:00pm
*Woodland Restoration Area Gardening*
Meets at the Woodland Habitat (Northeast Sector)

Join other stewardship-minded volunteers in caretaking the native plant
restoration area next to Lusitania Meadow, and learn about the diversity of
native plant life! We seek dedicated participants who enjoy camaraderie and
hard work that includes weeding, pruning, planting, watering new plantings,
hauling wood chips and moving logs. Please email
friendsoffreshpond at yahoo.com if you would like to come, and for more

10:00am to 12:00 noon
*Fresh Pond Stewards*
Meets at the volunteer trailer near the front of the Water Treatment
Facility, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Join our weed-warrior crew! We are Fresh Pond citizens dedicated to keeping
invasive plants at bay for the benefit of wildlife, water and humans alike.
No experience or long-term commitment necessary! All tools are provided;
sturdy shoes, pants, long-sleeves and a water bottle are strongly
recommended. Meets at the volunteer trailer in the lower parking lot.
Contact tpuopolo at cambridgeMA.gov for more information.

Friday, October 4th
11:00am to 12:00pm
*Seasonal Walkabout at Black’s Nook*
Meets at Maher Park (650 Concord Ave)

Come out for a seasonal walkabout with Ranger Jean at Black’s Nook. We will
monitor wildlife by sign, track or presence, and make note of weather,
state of plants, condition of water and other abiotic resources. You can
help chart the seasonal changes of some of our most active wildlife spots,
or simply come to enjoy the walk. Come dressed to be outdoors for the hour.
All knowledge levels welcome. We will be walking off-path. Service dogs
only, please. To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at (508) 562-7605 or
email jrogers at cambridgeMA.gov. Heavy rain postpones to the following

Sunday, October 6th
8:00am to 10:00am
*Migratory Bird Walk*
Register for parking and meeting information

We will look for migrating songbirds and waterfowl that have stopped at the
Fresh Pond to rest and feed on their way south for the winter. We also may
see a variety of year-round avian residents. Beginners are welcome!  We
have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Led by Nancy
Guppy. To register, for important parking information, and for notice of
cancellation due to weather, email Catherine Pedemonti at
friendsoffreshpond at yahoo.com.

Sunday, October 6th
10:00am to 12:00PM
*Get Ready to fly in the Honk! Parade with Green Cambridge*
Meets at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower), 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
Crafting inside the building

Come build, sew or construct a costume, mask, or puppet of a local species
of animal or plant, in preparation for marching with Green Cambridge in the
Honk! Parade. Make your own to keep, or contribute to our “stable” of
wildlife that Green Cambridge invites families to wear in festivals and
parades to celebrate our habitats and ecosystem in Cambridge. For ALL ages:
children, grandparents, caregivers, parents, unaccompanied adults. No
unaccompanied children under 12, please. Free registration at

Monday, October 7th
6:00pm to 7:30pm
*Walter J Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour*
Meets at the Water Treatment Plant (front door), 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Come learn how the Cambridge Water Department purifies drinking water for
your tap after it’s conveyed from nearby Fresh Pond into our facility.
You’ll have the chance to speak with water treatment staff, see the
equipment in action and check out our water quality lab! For more
information, contact Ranger Tim at (617) 349-6489 or
tpuopolo at cambridgeMA.gov.  Please call ahead if coming with a large group.

Friday, October 11th
1:00pm to 3:00pm
*Hike & Sketch*
Register for meeting location (different areas each month)

This is a fun series! We share how to create, illustrate and maintain a
Naturalist & Field journal. This includes practicing sketching, nature
illustration skills, recording field observations, and simply writing about
what we see and feel. The series runs the first Friday of the month. Over
the year, we explore a few sites of the reservoir and cover ecology,
phenology, birds, insects, mammals and the many critters that make the
different habitats of Fresh Pond. Please bring your own (portable) art
supplies, and RSVP on Eventbrite (https://bit.ly/2HNcR6r
because space is limited.

Saturday, October 12th & Sunday, October 13th
12:00PM to 4:00PM
*Milkweed Blowout Giveaway Weekend*
Ranger Station (under the clock tower), 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

In addition to annually raising and releasing monarch butterflies, Fresh
Pond’s Monarch Butterfly Project also promotes healthy monarch habitat.
>From Noon to 4:00PM on the weekend of October 12th & 13th, stop by the
ranger station to pick up FREE milkweed seeds to take home and plant or to
give to a friend. Seeds scattered in the fall will germinate over the
winter and being sprouting in the spring,.  This is something that anyone
can do to help the butterflies. Remember: save the milkweed, save the

Sunday, October 20th & Monday, October 28th
6:30PM to 8:00PM
*The Night Shift at Fresh Pond – Great-horned Owls*
Meets in the lobby of the Cambridge Water Department (250 Fresh Pond

Fresh Pond is frequented by many different people and animals, but our owls
have garnered the most curiosity. In this indoor presentation hear the
story of the famous owlet of 2018, learn what happened to the two owlets of
2019, see some rare owl artifacts, and find out what Fresh Pond is doing to
keep our resident Great-horned owls happy and healthy. No pets, please.
Parking passes available. Contact Ranger Tim for more details at
tpuopolo at cambridgeMA.gov

Saturday, October 26th
1:00pm to 3:00pm
*Do the Duck Walk*
Register for parking and meeting information

Fresh Pond Reservation is an attractive resting place for a variety of
birds – especially waterfowl – during the fall migration.  We will use a
telescope to get good looks at ducks on the water, and binoculars to look
at songbirds.  We have binoculars to lend, and will show you how to use
them. Beginners are welcome. To register, for important parking
information, and for notice of cancellation due to weather, email Catherine
Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond at yahoo.com.

Sunday, October 27th
2:00pm to 4:30pm
*Fascinating Fungi of Fresh Pond*
Meets at the Maynard Ecology Center (basement of Neville Place, 650 Concord

Mycologist Lawrence Millman has identified more than 320 mushroom species
at Fresh Pond Reservation.   For the past fourteen years he has led Fresh
Pond mushroom forays that give participants the chance to add to this list
as well as learn more about the world of fungi.   Mr. Millman is the author
of Fascinating Fungi of New England, the first guidebook devoted
exclusively to New England mushrooms. To register and for important parking
information, email Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond at yahoo.com.

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