FAR Ecology Camp 2016

Welcome to the wiki for the 2016 Friends of Alewife Reservation Summer Ecology Camp!

Friends of Alewife Reservation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Alewife Brook Reservation, a rare and sensitive urban wetland near Cambridge, MA. Two primary components of this mission are protecting wildlife habitat while providing public access. Public education in the form of informational signs at the Reservation also contribute to the conservation goal.

The purpose of the Summer Ecology Camp, which is part of the Mayor's Youth Summer Employment Program, is to provide an educational work opportunity for high school students. Important topics covered during the camp include environmental stewardship, water quality, wetland function, identification of wetland species and the water, nitrogen and carbon cycles. During the 6-week camp, students make observations and conduct small research projects in the Reservation.

Much of the learning and reflection students do as part of the Summer Ecology Camp happens in small groups of 3-4 students. At the start of camp, each group selected a group name and started a wiki page to chronicle what they learned and what additional thoughts they had. You can read about each group's achievements and activities by checking out the wiki pages for the Alewife Hawks, PhillyFrogs and Water Scorpions.

August 10, 2016


August 8, 2016
  • Alewife Reservation supports a diverse range of plants and animals, many of which can be seen from the various trails in and around the Reservation. Reserve staff and volunteers also host hikes and other outdoor activities intended to connect the local human community with the wild communities found on the Reserve. Summaries of recent community activities as well as pictures of critters and plants seen by human visitors can be found at the Friends of Alewife Sightings blog: http://friendsofalewifereservation.org/sightings/


July 27, 2016:
  • Being an informed citizen and an effective steward of urban streams and wetlands requires a basic understanding of the natural processes that sustain life. Our new 'Natural Processes' page highlights many of these important processes.


July 22, 2016:
  • The walls of of the Friends of Alewife Reservation serve as a gallery for pictures of wildlife at the Reservation and for original works of art by staff and partners of FAR. One of the first activities for this year's students was to select a picture or piece of artwork and spend several minutes quietly observing and reflecting on how it made them feel. To see examples of their work, visit our 'Gallery Reflections' page.