Since the winter of 2001-2002, Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation has offered a number of activity-based programs designed to develop nature observation skills and build community at the Reservation. Topics have included seasonal tree identification, migratory songbirds and waterfowl, wildflowers in bloom, insects, algae, fungi, and tours of the watershed. Inventories of birds, trees, wildflowers and pond life conducted by the group have helped to add to the State of Massachusetts biodiversity data collection. Reservation managers have used information gathered by Friends group members to help make decisions related to invasive plants control.
Youth-based programs such as “1 2 Tree,” “How do Animals Prepare for Winter?,” and “What’s in the Meadow,” bring adults with their children to the Reservation to explore plants and wildlife through hands-on activities. “Forty Fathoms Deep” and “A Walk Through the History of Fresh Pond” gave us a look at the Pond in the 1800’s when it was privately owned.
Volunteer workdays have included the spreading of Christmas tree mulch to address compaction and erosion problems, spring and fall clean ups, invasive plant removal, and staffing of information tables for Water Department events.
How To Volunteer
To learn more you may e-mail Elizabeth Wylde at FriendsofFreshPond@yahoo.com or call (617) 349-6489 and leave your name and phone number in the message box for Emily Tansey at the Cambridge Water Department. Also click here to review our calendar of events and bird sitings.