As part of a two-year educational partnership with Lesley University, Mount Auburn Cemetery has engaged a group of scientists coordinated by an “Educator-in-Residence” from Lesley to conduct research on urban bats, ants, pollinators, and biodiversity surveys here, and to use this research to create self-led tours and lessons for small(ish) groups of K-12 students based on our Wildlife Action Plan. This year’s A.J. & M.D. Ruggiero Memorial Trust Educator-in-Residence, Associate Professor Susan Rauchwerk, is currently engaging youth groups in the creation of science-based activities and materials that can be used as educational tools to learn about wildlife habitats, ecology, and conservation at Mount Auburn. One of the participating youth groups is the Cambridge-based STEAM Beans, a Cambridge-based educational program developed by African American women for young African American girls and their families, which is serving as an education consultant piloting a variety of activities through 2018. (more…)
by Greg Ghazil, Preservation Craftsman, Mount Auburn Cemetery
I like old stuff, that much is clear. Monday through Friday I deal with the trials and tribulations that come with keeping the thousands of monuments at Mount Auburn from succumbing to nature, gravity and the passage of time. Every Sunday from June to October I spend in a Somerville city parking lot curating an open-air vintage and artisan market.
While studying preservation at the North Bennet Street School I was forced to look for old and hard to find hand tools in antique markets all around New England. I fell in love with the chase but moreover, the markets. I wondered why Boston didn’t have an outdoor vintage or antique market and set out to change that. Six years later, I find myself pursuing two of my passions and couldn’t be busier…or more content. (more…)
Over the past few years Mount Auburn has converted four of its eight gasoline powered riding mowers to propane fuel, as part of an effort to improve the efficiency of the mowers and reduce emissions. However, we’ve taken another step towards reducing our carbon footprint by going electric. Mount Auburn has been purchasing renewable energy credits (RECS) to offset all electricity purchases for several years, but finding quality battery-powered landscaping equipment that could handle Mount Auburn’s terrain and long hours of work has been difficult until now. (more…)
Mount Auburn is currently partnering with Lesley University thanks to a collaborative two-year grant from the A.J. & M.D. Ruggiero Memorial Trust, to assess the current state of the Cemetery as a wildlife habitat, implement new improvements, and create new opportunities for engaging people on the subject. Already, Lesley researchers have set up studies on site to collect and analyze data on pollinators, ants, bats, birds, air, and water, building upon work that Mount Auburn staff and other consultants have already started here in recent years. A team of educators, in turn, are creating and examining new programs and lessons for student groups based on both these new studies and previously implemented projects from the Cemetery’s Wildlife Action Plan. (more…)