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FEBRUARY PROGRAMS
at Fresh Pond Reservation

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


Nature Storytime with Cambridge Public Library
Friday, February 2nd, 10:00am to 11:00am
Meets at Country Kitchen, lower level of Neville Place (back building), 650 Concord Ave.

Join us on the first Friday of each month this winter as we welcome Cambridge Public Library's Children's librarian Margaret Macri for nature story time at Fresh Pond! We will read about winter and what humans and wildlife do during this time. Bring warm clothes and go for a winter walk after story time is over! In the event of tight parking The Fayerweather Street School has kindly offered us the use of their parking. Please feel free to contact Catherine Pedemonti at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo. com to RSVP or for parking information.


Watershed in Winter
Sunday, February 4th, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Meets at the Maynard Ecology Center, lower level of Neville Place (back building), 650 Concord Ave.

This month’s look at water: what’s going on with watershed in the winter? It’s more complex than you learned in school. Come update your water awareness with other adults in a fun activity-based program led by your watershed rangers, Jean and Tim. For directions to the Maynard Ecology Center or to RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean (508) 562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov


The Beautiful Adaptation of Native Plants
Wednesday, February 7th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Meets at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway St.

This is a part of a lecture series, “Evenings with Experts,” presented by Grow Native Massachusetts. Dan Segal, founder of the Ithaca Native Plant Symposium, will talk about native plants’ fascinating mechanisms for survival and the origins of New England flora’s adaptive traits. This talk is co-sponsored by the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation.


Seasonal Walkabout at Lusitania Wet Meadow
Friday, February 9th, 10:30am to 11:30am
Meets at the “Meeting Rocks” (where the meadow meets the perimeter road trail)

Come out for a seasonal walkabout with Ranger Jean at the Lusitania Wet Meadow. 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. To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at (508) 562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov


The Disciplines of Animal Tracking
Sunday, February 11th, 10:30am to 12:00pm
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Ever wonder about the tracks you see? Animal tracking contains a lot more than just footprints. This guided walk will go over the various aspects of arguably one of the oldest human traditions. Join Ranger Tim as we observe the hidden streets of Cambridge and read the stories written in the earth. Open to all audiences. Proper footwear encouraged, we will be walking off-path. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov


Fresh Air Walk: Love in the Animal Kingdom
Wednesday, February 14th, 12:00n to 1:00pm
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

This casual walk, led by Ranger Tim, will encompass Fresh Pond and take an informal look at each month in nature. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ll talk about animal courtship on our way around the pond. Come alone or bring your co-workers! Rain or shine. Questions? Contact: tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov


Sweet Maples
Sunday, February 18th, 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

What trees in Massachusetts can be tapped? How long has this craft existed? Why are trees sweet? These questions and more will be answered inside and during a guided walk to Kingsley Park and a live tapping demonstration. Come learn about the lifeblood of New England! We will be walking off-path. To RSVP, please contact Ranger Jean at (508) 562-7605 or email jrogers@cambridgeMA.gov


Animal Detectives: Coyotes
Wednesday, February 21st, 10:30am to 11:30am
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

February’s spotlight is on the Coyote. Come see what it takes to be a coyote as we explore what they do and how they act. This family program is best suited for kids between 4 and 12. Accompanying adult must be present, service dogs only please, and dress warmly as this is an outdoor program. Groups please check-in with Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov prior to Friday, February 16th.


Intro to Animal Tracking for Kids
Thursday, February 22nd, 10:30am to 12:00pm
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Have you ever seen wildlife in Cambridge? Whether you did or not they have left behind clues. We’ll learn how to track an animal and go out looking ourselves! This family program is best suited for kids between 4 and 12. Accompanying adult must be present, service dogs only please, and dress warmly as this is an outdoor program. Groups please check-in with Ranger Tim at tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov prior to Friday, February 16th.


Monday Night Movie Series: Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks
Monday, February 26th, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Meets at the Ranger Station, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway

What’s better than a free movie? Free popcorn! This documentary examines the life of America’s most famous urban park designer. Best-known for Central Park, NY, the Olmsted firm was also commissioned by the Cambridge Water Board in 1894 for work on Fresh Pond. [Runtime: 57 min. Rated G] tpuopolo@cambridgeMA.gov for more information.


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The Alewife Reservation is a unique natural resource for the communities of Belmont, Arlington and Cambridge and home to hundreds of species, including hawks, coyotes beavers, snapping turtles, wild turkeys and muskrats, the reservation is a unique natural resource for the community.
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