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Program Updates

Program listings below are for the next several weeks. For a complete schedule of all BNAN programs check our newsletter posted online, or check listings by date using the calendar. To receive BNAN's free, biweekly eNews with program, event and news updates, please subscribe below. For more information or to register for a program (unless otherwise noted) email or phone 617-542-7696. BNAN programs and events are free, all are welcome.

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Neponset River Greenway
13th Annual Pumpkin Float
Thursday, October 30
5:30PM registration
6:00PM float

Bring your hollow carved jack-o-lanterns and watch them float in Davenport Creek. Halloween costumes encouraged! Pumpkins can be no larger than 8 inches, or they won’t float. At the end of the event, pumpkins are collected for compost and used in Boston's gardens. No registration necessary. Event check-in at Hallet Street entrance to park. Co-sponsored by MA DCR.

Volunteer Opportunity
Pumpkin Float Volunteers
Thursday, October 30
5:30–7PM Volunteer Shift

Lots of enthusiastic volunteers are needed to pull off this well-loved community event! A great opportunity for youth groups looking for fun community service. Possible volunteer assignments include check-in table, float set up, refreshments and shuttling pumpkins. Contact or 617-542-7696.

Seed, Sow & Grow

Seed Sow & Grow workshops continue through the fall, bringing people together for skill-building urban gardening workshops and events. Workshops are free, registration is required. sign up for a fall workshop today. To register, email or phone 617-542-7696. All Seed, Sow & Grow workshops below are hosted at CITY NATIVES, 30 EDGEWATER DRIVE, MATTAPAN.

Grow Your Own Mushrooms
Saturday, November 1
From inoculation to harvest learn to grow mushrooms on a log, over woodchips or in a bin.

Tool Clinic
Saturday, November 8
Learn the best methods to clean, season and sharpen garden tools. Bring your own tool or help to prepare City Natives' tools for the next garden season.

Harvest and Prepare Medicinal Roots
Saturday, November 15
Learn how to recognize, harvest and prepare herbal roots for medicinal uses.

Neponset River Greenway
Mattapan Trail Discovery Walk
Saturday, November 1
Meet at Ryan Playground by Basketball Courts, 330 River Street, Mattapan

Join neighbors on a family friendly walk along this riverside nature trail! Later this fall, the Neponset River Greenway trail will be begin construction on a new one-mile segment going from Mattapan Square to Central Ave in Milton. We will discover where the path is headed and learn about bridges and other planned features. For more info, contact or 617-542-7696. Program is FREE and open to all. Rain cancels. Presented by Boston Natural Areas Network and Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition.
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Master Urban Gardener Program

The Master Urban Gardener (MUG) program is an intensive, skill-building training program. Whether you’re just getting started or have been gardening for decades, MUG covers everything you need to know to thrive in a community garden - from vegetable gardening and composting to community organizing.

Each winter, 30 community gardeners join the program. The MUG course is open to Massachusetts residents with preference given to those who are active community gardeners and demonstrate a commitment to sharing their skills with others. Click for further details and application.

Urban & Green Newsletter

The fall 2014 issue of BNAN's Urban & Green Newsletter is available online. Included in the newsletter is the BNAN calendar of fall events and programs. Read it to find out what's happening in Boston's Community Gardens, Urban Wilds, Urban Forest, and along the Neponset and East Boston Greenways. Click here for current and past newsletters.