Storm Drain Design Challenge

Come prepared to enjoy the wetland habitat, learn about climate change, and get creative!

Youth and families will tour the stormwater wetlands at Alewife Brook Reservation with Executive Director of Green Cambridge Steven Nutter to learn about changes in restoration and land use at the reservation, and how urban wetlands help filter pollutants out of rain and snowmelt while reducing the impacts of increased rain and flooding in cities.

This event is targeted for youth in grades 3 through 12. Youth under 12 years old should be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the event. Mystic River Watershed Association’s (MyRWA) Watershed Educator Natalia Bayona and Engagement Manager Daria Clark will also look for nearby storm drains with youth to help them design their own climate-ready stormwater infrastructure solutions using recycled and natural materials.

Green Cambridge will host 30 to 45-minute group tours for 20 attendees at 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm. MyRWA will lead activities for interested youth and families throughout the event. Participants should meet at the amphitheater along Alewife Brook Pathway near the Fitchburg Cutoff Bikepath, across from Fuse Cambridge Apartments along Cambridgepark Drive. Parking is free but limited in the reservation parking lot.

The Mystic River Watershed Association works towards a vibrant, healthy and resilient Mystic River watershed for the benefit of all our community members. To achieve this, the Mystic River Watershed Association is protecting water quality, restoring important habitat, building climate resilience, transforming parks and paths, and inspiring youth and community members through immersive education and volunteer programs.

Green Cambridge works to create a more sustainable city and to protect the environment for the health and safety of all. We educate and engage residents toward everyday resiliency by connecting the importance of urban agriculture, the urban tree canopy, and urban wildlife. We use these public spaces to provide place-based educational discovery opportunities for all ages and backgrounds. Building off of permaculture principles, they envision a more socially connected and equitable present that works toward a climate-resilient future.

Photo credit: Stav Gilutz 2014

Capacity is limited, be sure to reserve your free tickets below

Oct 6, 2022
04:00 PM
- 06:00 PM
Alewife Brook Reservation, Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge MA 02140
Alewife Brook Reservation, Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA
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