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FRESH POND events in AUGUST

FRESH POND events in AUGUST

These events are FREE and open to the public.
Children and gnomes are welcome in the company of an adult.

FERN IDENTIFICATION AND DRAWING WORKSHOP

Saturday, August 2, 9 to 11 am
Front Door, Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

An interesting way to learn to identify ferns -- draw them! Using fern keys and maps, identify seven fern species growing near the Water Deptartment building, and share drawings and observations. Pencils and drawing paper will be provided. Bring a camp stool or lawn chair. Please register.

GREETINGS FROM THE FRESH POND HOTEL!

Saturday, August 9, 1 to 3 pm
Meet at the Ranger Station (door with clock over it)
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility

Bring a lawn chair and sit at the site of the famous Fresh Pond Hotel (Kingsley Park hillside) where visitors once lounged watching sailboats and swimmers using the Pond while Ranger Jean as she tells tales of Fresh Pond during its days of private ownership in the 1800’s. This program is offered in cooperation with the Historic Cambridge Collaborative as part of Cambridge Discovery Days (ww.cambridgema.gov/historic/walks.html. No dogs please. Indoor presentation if weather is inclement. RSVP jrogers@cambridgema.gov or see below.

SURVEY OF AQUATIC PLANTS AT BLACK’S NOOK

Sunday, August 10, 3-5 pm
Maynard Ecology Center, Basement of Neville Place
650 Concord Avenue, Cambridge

Join this yearly survey of the aquatic plants of Black’s Nook! Use nets and buckets to collect plants, and a dichotomous key to identify them. The balance between native and exotic/invasive plants in a pond is indicative of the health of that environment. Registration is required.

WATER PURIFICATION FACILITY TOUR

Monday, August 18
6:00 to 7:30 pm
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Where does our Cambridge drinking water come from, and how it is purified and piped throughout the City? Tim MacDonald, Manager of Water Operations for the Cambridge Water Department, will describe the process, answer your questions, and give a tour of the building. Future Monday Evening Tour dates: Sept 15, Oct 20, Nov 17.

NORTHEAST SECTOR WALKABOUT

Monday, August 25
6:00 to 7:30 pm
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility
250 Fresh Pond Parkway

Chip Norton, Cambridge Watershed Manager, will lead a tour of Fresh Pond Reservation’s Northeast Sector, the beautiful new conservation and recreation areas that were recently opened for public use. He also will use maps and diagrams to help illustrate the goals for this major restoration project. One more Monday Evening Walkabout in 2008: September 22.

PLEASE REGISTER

Please register for each event you plan to attend. Important information about location and parking will be provided at registration. E-mail Elizabeth Wylde at friendsoffreshpond@yahoo.com or call (617) 349-4793 and leave your name and phone number.

Offered by Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation, June 2008.