As the weather gets warmer and the year’s first flowers peep out of the ground, most of us who work and study inside find ourselves increasingly distracted by the sunny precursors to spring we glimpse on the other side of our windows. Fortunately, the Cambridge Science Festival features several activities to help us get outside, soak up some of those sunbeams, and learn about the natural world that encompasses the Boston area!
Friday, April 15th
Sidewalk Astronomy, 8:00pm - 10:30pm
The natural world can be observed even in the middle of the city… if you know how and where to look. Join the star enthusiasts of Boston Astronomy to take a look at Jupiter, star clusters, and the moon--right in the middle of Harvard Square!
Meet at Deguglielmo Plaza, Harvard Square, in front of 27 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Check for weather cancellations and updates at www.bostonastronomy.net. Free!
|A telescope design from the past, via Boston Astronomy.|
Sunday, April 17th
Mycology in the Forest: All the Fungi You’ve Never Seen, 11:00am-12:30pm
A nature walk like no other! Susan Goldhor of the Boston Mycology Club will point out what most people overlook: the important network of hidden fungi that keep our soil rich and natural waste decomposed.
Meet in front of Cambridge Boat Club, 2 Gerrys Landing Road. Please arrive on time to allow for the short walk to the starting location!
Register in advance at mycology.eventbrite.com. Ages 10+. Free!
Monday, April 18th
|Mount Auburn is a lovely retreat in springtime!|
Land of the Giants, 10:00am - 11:30am
Mount Auburn Cemetery, in addition to being a lovely locale for a springtime stroll, is home to some of the oldest trees in the neighborhood, including a 200-year old oak! Measure, compare, and learn about Mount Auburn’s grandest (above-ground) occupants.
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge.
Register in advance at bit.ly/LandoftheGiants. Perfect for ages 6+. Free!
Wednesday, April 20th
Energy Use and Sustainable Transportation in Cambridge! 10:00am - 3:30pm
Enjoy the day in Lorenz park, and learn how you can include outdoor exercise in your everyday commute. Take the place of a generator turbine and earn just how difficult it can be to generate electricity with a ride on a generator bicycle!
Joan Lorenz Park, Outside Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway. Free!
Sailing Science: Robotic Sailing & Environmental Science, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Spend an afternoon on the banks of the Charles with the RoboSail program at Community Boating. Take the robot-guided boats out for a spin on the water, take a look at the control system, and write some sailing code of your own.
Community Boating Boathouse, 21 David G Mugar Way, Boston. Free!
Thursday, April 21st
|One of the Nigerian Pygmy goat at the Mass |
Audubon Habitat in Belmont. Via Mass Audubon.
Meadowscaping...With Goats! 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Sandy Vorce, Property Manager of the Mass Audubon Habitat, shows off the Habitat’s fleet of environmentally-friendly lawn mowers--and might even invite you to pet them! That’s right: the lawnmowers at the Habitat are Nigerian dwarf goats, who keep the meadows in check and fit right in at the wildlife sanctuary.
Mass Audubon Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, 10 Juniper Rd, Belmont.
Register in advance at massaudubon.org/cambridge-science-festival-habitat. Ages 8+: children must be accompanied by an adult. Free!
Friday, April 22nd - EARTH DAY!
The Mount Auburn Cemetery is a protected 175-acre oasis of green nestled between Cambridge and Watertown. Clare Walker will show you around and point out the various flora and fauna that make Mount Auburn their home, including trees, flowers, chipmunks, hawks, and owls. Clare had written and illustrated of several books, including Mount Auburn’s Family Nature Guide and Birds and Birding in Mount Auburn-- visit www.clarewalkerleslie.com for more information!
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge
Register in advance at www.eventbrite.com/e/nature-walk-with-clare-walker-leslie-tickets-20125187979. Free!
Party for the Planet, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Party with the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo! Celebrate ways to keep our planet and its animals healthy.
Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston
Cost: Adult $19.95; Child $12.95; Under 2 free; Senior (62+) $16.95
Geologists and rock enthusiasts rejoice: Mount Auburn Cemetery overflows with beautiful examples of marble, granite, and beautifully carved sandstone. Come take a look at the monuments, each a stony work of art, and enjoy an afternoon amongst the greenery of the Cemetery.
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge
Register in advance at bit.ly/RocksMinerals422. Ages 6+. Free!
Saturday, April 23rd
|One of the creepy-crawly racing sculptures of the past!|
Via People's Sculpture Racing
The wildest race in Cambridge! Local artists, teens, and parents have been hard at work building their original art on wheels for the past week--now they’re put to the rest on a half-mile sidewalk loop. Cheer them on, join the race, or exhibit your sculpture ideas. See sculptureracing.org/Danehy for locations of building workshops and information on how to participate. Sculpture Race will take place between 11-11:30am. Spectators should arrive by 10:45am.
Danehy Park, Sherman Street, Cambridge
Participants should register at sculptureracing.org/Danehy by April 11. Free!
Sunday, April 24th:
Science Murals with ART+BIO Collaborative, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cambridge is a hotbed for biological research, and the CSF and the ART+BIO Collaborative are unveiling their newest open-air project: a science mural that expresses the wonders of biology through public art! The mural is the first project borne of the Collaboration--come and hear what might be next!
Kendall Plaza, in front of Marriott Cambridge, Main Street, Cambridge. Free!
You’ve had all winter to stay indoors: come on out and join us for some refreshing air and scintillating science!
E. Rosser is a science writer and mechanical engineer currently wrapping up a degree at MIT. Her favorite outdoor activities include hiking, canoeing and kayaking, camping, and sleeping out in the backyard in her hammock. She can't wait for warm weather this spring!