In Search of Vernal Pools

Students age 8-12 Find, Measure and Certify Vernal Pools>>> Classes are held 11-4 on Sundays 3/27, 4/3 and 4/10.

In Search of Vernal Pools is a Field Environmental Philosophy class that brings students into some wild places to find, measure and certify the ephemeral spring pools where amphibians and invertebrates breed.

Classes are held 11-4 on Sundays 3/27, 4/3 and 4/10. There will be a zoom orientation meeting before the first class, where students will be introduced to the ecological science, and online resources.

Drop off and pick up are at Sheldon Field.

Vernal pools appear when the snow melts and then vanish in early summer. Because the creatures that breed in them can breed nowhere else, they are high priority conservation areas. Massachusetts’ goal is to identify and certify them so they are preserved for perpetuity.

We will spend 3 weekends doing that! All students will be officially listed as co-certifiers! Perfect hands-on training for our future environmental leaders!

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> This class provides students with fun hikes to vernal pools that need to be inventoried and recorded in accordance with the protocols of  MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program. They will gain an intimate knowledge of the pools obligate and facultative species, and how it is a uniquely vivacious geomorphic phenomena.

In Search of Vernal Pools is a perfect opportunity for students to do something positive for our biome, and the creatures we co-inhabit it with. As is the case with Living Rivers School students, they will be credited for their assistance.

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> Classes are held 11-4, Sundays 3/27, 4/3 and 4/10
> drop-off and pickups at Sheldon Field; VAN service!
> Students age 8-12
> Students are dressed and packed by parents to suit the conditions

For the 3 5-hour classes, transportation, and certification filings $185.00 is charged

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If you would like to learn more, please call 413.320.0522 and speak with director Kurt Heidinger, or send a note