EARTH DAY

not Just a Day. It's Every DaY .

JOIN US FOR Earth Day TO LEARN AND LEND YOUR MANY HELPING HANDS!

We're excited to share these free special Earth Day events listed below. Most events require registration in advance.

“When you look at the most powerful predictor of where the most industrial pollution is, race is the most potent predictor.”

EARTH DAY PROGRAMS

SATURDAY APRIL 20 from 10:00- 12:00 AM

PARK CLEAN UP AT DONNELLY FIELD

York Street and Berkshire ST 02141

To Register, you can scan this code with your phone or click the button below.

Hand in hand for a beautiful life! Come lend your helping hands to help clean up one of Cambridge’s most beloved green spaces! We’ve got you covered for gloves and gear. 

In just two hours, let’s see what our many helping hands can do to give back to our community. THANK YOU!

Bring a friend and make new friends!

Organized by Central Square Church, Pentecostal Tabernacle and Many Helping Hands 365

SUNDAY APRIL 21 2024
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

EARTH DAY CLEAN UP OF CAMBRIDGE'S SHOWCASE BIODIVERSITY POLLINATOR GARDEN

ALEWIFE RESERVATION

REGISTER IN ADVANCE

Please join native plant gardeners and enthusiasts in a gentle clean up of the garden beds of the Alewife Showcase Biodiversity Pollinator Garden (ASBPG).

This is the beginning of the second year of an ecological restoration project, and we are making room for more diverse species.

Participants can learn about the evolution of this garden, work to remove aggressive goldenrod and invasive plants, take photos for I-naturalist tracking, and from 3:30 – 4:00 join a tour of the Alewife Reservation. Tools and snacks will be provided. Bring gloves and water bottles if you have them.

Directions: The garden abuts a parking lot and a wetland in the Discovery Park (office park) section of Alewife Reservation in North Cambridge, MA. The closest address is 10 Acorn Park Drive, Cambridge. It can be reached by car via route 2 West, or by bike on the Minuteman bike path (from Arlington), the Linear bike path from Cambridge and the Fitchburg cutoff (from Belmont).

Alewife Reservation is surrounded by the towns of Arlington, Belmont, and Cambridge and the watershed includes Somerville. It is a vital natural resource for pollinators, wildlife, and humans.

Questions?

Contact Jean Devine at jean@devinenativeplantings.com
or Ellen Mass at emass73@gmail.com

Alewife's ponds

SUNDAY APRIL 21 from 3:00- 5:00 Pm

ACTIVIST AFTERNOONS EARTH DAY EDITION

St. James Church conference space across the courtyard from the Church building.

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

Join an amazing group of activist neighbors out to make “good trouble.” Choose from a menu of actions, including phone calls, letters and social media.

Even if you’ve never been an activist before, we’ll help you get started. Drop in anytime in the afternoon and get to work. Grassroots community action to create change is profoundly inspiring and shows us the power of civic engagement. Plus, you’ll leave the day with lots of new friends.

All ages welcome! Bring a friend!

Organized by Activists Afternoons

SATURDAY APRIL 27 2024 8:00 AM-10:00 AM

BIRD WALK AND MIYAWAKI FOREST VISIT​

Meet at Danehy Park in Cambridge, New Street Parking Lot Entrance

REGISTER IN ADVANCE

We’re hosting a morning bird walk at Danehy Park in Cambridge ending with a special visit with the team responsible for the amazing Miyawaki Forest.

We’ll look for newly arriving songbirds and other migrants as well as resident birds in this important urban greenspace—and keep an eye out for emerging butterflies.

Beginners are welcome and encouraged to join us—we’ll even have some binoculars to lend. You can also download the free Merlin app if you would like to learn a little more about bird songs on this walk.

The Miyawaki Forest is the first example of a Miyawaki Forest in Cambridge, MA, and in the Northeast. This is a living experiment in creating an ultra-dense, biodiverse pocket forest that recreates the complexity of natural forests and the relationships and processes that help them grow strong and resilient. We’ll hear a little about this project from a couple of lead volunteers and see what creatures we can find along its edges.

Registration in advance is required. Limited to 24. A second walk may be added if there is demand. 

There are some facilities on site, but these may be portable. The park is not 100% accessible to wheelchairs.

Co-sponsored by Biodiversity for a Livable Climate and The Boston Birding Festival 

Amercian Redstart
American Redstart Warbler (Setophaga ruticilla) arrives in early spring and sets up shop at the top of tall trees. Watch them fan their tails to flush small flying insects and catch them in midair.

FRIDAY MAY 3 2024 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

FULLY caffeinated FRESH POND RESERVATION BIRD WALK WITH A POLLINATOR SIDE DISH

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. SPACES LIMITED.

Birding with coffee at Fresh Pond. We’ll bring the bird-friendly coffee if you bring your reusable cup. And if you’re not already drinking bird-friendly coffee, give us 5 minutes to persuade you that you should be.

Beginners are welcome and encouraged to join us—we’ll even have some binoculars to lend–let us know in advance. You can also download the free Merlin app if you would like to learn a little more about bird songs on this walk. Please note: depending on the birds, we may not be doing the full 2.5 mile loop. And we’ll keep an eye out for emerging bees and butterflies. Details to come. 

Registration in advance is required. Limited to 16. A second walk may be added the following week if there is enough demand. We will send additional details a few days beforehand.  

Most but not all of Fresh Pond’s trails are paved and wheelchair  accessible. There are restrooms on site.  

Sponsored by The Boston Birding Festival 

Yellow Warbler
The Yellow Warbler is one of the earliest warblers to arrive during spring migration. Look for them in low trees and shrubs around the edges of damp fields.

SATURDAY MAY 4 2024 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Danehy Park BIODIVERSITY DAY

Question? Contact Jean Devine at jean@devinenativeplantings.com

Mourning Cloak Butterfly
The large and impressive Mourning Cloak butterfly is one of the earliest butterflies to emerge in spring.

On Saturday, May 4th from 11am to 3pm, join us as we honor the importance and power of biodiversity through birding tours, pollinator searches, interactive games and art-making for kids, and native plant workshops.

Experience sounds of nature and sensory spaces, live music performances, and free resources on native plants and biodiversity from local environmental organizations.

This event will take place near the Miyawaki Forest and the greenspace towards the Sherman St. entrance. Registration is not required. 

Registration is not required. Just come by!

Co-sponsored by: Native Plant Community Gardens, a Cambridge-based group organizing community-based pollinator gardens in Danehy Park and Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

Looking for More Earth DaY Happenings?

We've got it covered! Check out the new MHH365 Community Calendar.

Help us help you get the word out! 

If your organization offers Earth Day special events or volunteer opportunities for individuals, groups, teams, and families to lend a hand, please let us know! 

CAMBRIDGE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE RESOURCES

We’ll share additional resources over the course of the year, If you have suggestions or would like to assist, please let us know.