Environment & Nature Gallery

Jul 17, 2019 Join SBN as we tour the Urban Farming Institute (UFI)'s newly restored historic Fowler Clark Epstein Farm! Historic Boston, along with its partners, the Urban Farming Institute, The Trust for Public Land, and North Bennet Street School, recently restored the 1786 Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, transforming the property into UFI's new urban farming headquarters and education center, including... more
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Jul 15, 2019 Fifteen years ago, the area of open space now known as Lusitania Field was a soccer complex. Today, it is a dense meadow of wildflowers woven with walking paths well trodden by local joggers, walkers, and bicyclists. The area acts as a buffer between Fresh Pond and the surrounding city, soaking up pollutants before they can run into the reservoir that serves as one of Cambridge’s three sources... more
Jun 24, 2019 Summer is here. Are you looking for an outdoor adventure but don't want to leave Cambridge? Stop by and rent a kayak at Kendall Square. You can paddle on your own or with a friend in a two person kayak. There are so many exciting places to see on the Charles River. I took some great photos of sailboats and the Duck Boat tour on the Charles River. Kayaking in a fun way to exercise. Why not give... more
Jun 12, 2019 This Spring CCTV partnered with the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (PKG) at MIT for the school's Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program. It's the second year in a row we have collaborated with the PKG Center and were very happy to welcome them back to CCTV! For this partnership, MIT sends undergraduate ASB participants to CCTV to learn how to produce their own digital stories about... more
Apr 22, 2019 Join me on a photo hike of discovery to find the first blooms of spring. I took a hike throughout Cambridge: Mass Ave, Fort Point Park, Oxford Street, Harvard Square, and along the Charles River. I found magnolias, tulips, and daffodils. Now that the weather is warmer, get out and enjoy the flowers. If you're interested in learning more about Cambridge's spring flowers, check out this map... more
Mar 13, 2019 Join Grow Native Massachusetts for this program taught by Meredith Gallogly, our Manager of Programs. It will be conducted entirely in the field, at Middlesex Fells Reservation. Every spring in New England, we are greeted by a beautiful bouquet of flowers blooming throughout our woodlands. Many of these plants emerge early to soak up the sun before the forest canopy has fully leafed out, and... more
Mar 13, 2019 Join Grow Native Massachusetts for this program taught by our Founder, Claudia Thompson! Do you aspire to create landscapes with genuine ecological value for a wide array of avian species— from songbirds, to raptors, owls, woodpeckers, and more? Claudia will lead an in-depth exploration of the principles and practices for achieving this objective, based on understanding the essential habitat... more
Mar 12, 2019 Join Grow Native Massachusetts for this intensive seminar with Kathy Connolly, landscape designer and owner of Speaking of Landscapes! A native meadow is an ecologically vibrant landscape, providing food and habitat to native pollinators and other wildlife. The deep, undisturbed roots of mature meadow plants capture and store carbon. Meadows rarely need visits from lawnmowers or leaf-blowers,... more
Mar 12, 2019 A discussion with Sayre Sheldon and Steve Strenio from the Massachusetts chapter of Elders Climate Action and the critical work of saving our planet. 3-11-2019 more
Jan 8, 2019 Grow Native Massachusetts is proud to present our 2019 Evenings with Experts lecture series! Join us for this talk with Jenna Webster, Senior Designer at Larry Weaner Landscape Associates. Restoring weed-dominated habitats comes with many complex challenges and often involves difficult tradeoffs. This process is even more complicated in public landscapes with diverse constituencies. Join... more
Jan 8, 2019 Grow Native Massachusetts is proud to present our 2019 Evenings with Experts lecture series! Join us for this talk with Robert Gegear, Assistant Professor of Biology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. For almost two decades, pollinators have been declining in abundance, species richness, and geographic distribution at an unprecedented rate worldwide. While media attention has focused... more
Jan 8, 2019 Grow Native Massachusetts is proud to present our 2019 Evenings with Experts lecture series! Join us for this talk with William Cullina, the Executive Director of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Are we humans masters of our world, or are plants really the ones in charge? What they lack in locomotion, they compensate for in structure and chemistry. Celebrated author and botanist Bill... more
Jan 8, 2019 Grow Native Massachusetts is proud to present our 2019 Evenings with Experts lecture series! Join us for this talk with Steven Handel, Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers University. Human activity has degraded much of our urban landscape, making the rebuilding of native habitat on these lands an important priority. But potential restoration sites are often small and... more
Nov 28, 2018 Winter's cold have finally arrived in Cambridge. Are you missing summer already? Head to Harvard Square and visit the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center. Check out the jungle ferns and visit the rooftop pine forest. The toasty atmosphere here will make you curl up and relax. If you need to study for an exam, there is plenty of quiet too. When you get hungry, you can choose from the... more
Aug 27, 2018 Go on the hunt for Kendall Square's secret roof top garden, located on top of a grey parking garage. You may just miss it. It's a place to relax all year round. I took photos in both winter and summer. See how much has grown. There is now a beautiful garden with flowers and vegetables. Attend free workshops such as gardening, cooking classes, and yoga, that will put you in a state of serenity.... more
Aug 25, 2018 Have you ever wondered where your Cambridge water comes from? Worried if your water is safe to drink? Why not find out by taking a free tour of the Cambridge water department. I was curious to learn more so, I took the tour. During the tour, I was allowed to see the big machines that clean our water. They had a huge multipart machine that sifted the brown algae from the water supply. Then we... more
Distal photo of Gore Street pin oak in front of house, eclipsing it in height., Upward photo of Gore Street pin oak. , Photo: tree removal crew cutting down pin oak. , Photo: Workers cut down oak tree, Photo of pin oak cut to ground with portions on sides, laying on sidewalk. , Photo: Workers cutting down Gore Street pin oal, Close photo of stump, showing tree's rings., Close up photo of stump, with blue-grey baseball cap to show dimension of stump - roughly 3'x2'. , Photo: Green-leafed plant with white flower in pot sits atop letter on pinoak stump
Jul 23, 2018 A gentle giant Gore Street pin oak, estimated to be 100 years old, is no longer. This tree lived just one block from my house here in East Cambridge. I passed by her every day, so she was a familiar to me. So please allow me to give this tree a name: Centuris. Centuris towered above the nearby houses until, on June 19th, when an Eversource crew made mighty mis-cuts into Centuris’s roots,... more
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Jun 26, 2018 June 21 is the Summer Solstice; the longest day of the year. And what better way to celebrate than strolling through some green space here in our fair city? I took a long, slow walk around one of the places in my neighborhood of North Cambridge to enjoy the abundance of ponds, trees, flowers, and tall grasses. Even though a steady stream of bike, car, and pedestrian traffic passed by, I was... more
Jun 20, 2018 Do you aspire to create landscapes with genuine ecological value for a wide array of avian species— from songbirds, to raptors, owls, woodpeckers, and more? Claudia will lead an in-depth exploration of the principles and practices for achieving this objective, based on understanding the essential habitat requirements for bird survival. Our examination starts, of course, with the importance of... more
Jun 20, 2018 Invasive plants pose a major threat to our ecosystems, and the challenge of tackling them can often seem formidable. Restoration ecologist Chris Polatin will teach us how to confidently confront invasive plants with effective management and monitoring techniques. There are many possible manual and chemical control methods— Chris will describe how to choose the most effective measures given the... more
Jun 11, 2018 Your safari begins just outside the Alewife T station, a stark concrete structure covered in graffiti, next to a noisy highway. You wouldn't believe that another world awaits you on the other side of the station. Bunnies play tag. Mommy duck takes care of her babies. A graceful swan dances a ballet. These are just a few of the 50 species you'll find at the wildlife sanctuary. This place is a... more

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