Vernal Pools for Educators
The Vernal Pools for Educators Workshop Series is aimed primarily for elementary and middle schools science educators and for those educators who teach biological, life science or environmental topics. In addition, there has been a workshop offered for Conservation Professionals to help them understand the ecology of vernal pools and how to recognize and identify them on the landscaape, for a clear understanding of the Wetlands Protection Act regulations pertaining to vernal pools.
Please Note: Due to the lack of funding, the NHESP is not able to support the Vernal Pools for Educators Workshop Series at this time.
Field Guide to Vernal Pools
To order this Field Guide, see our Publications section.
This guide contains:
- Discussion about vernal pools and their importance to the ecology of New England.
- A photographic guide to all of the adult salamanders, frogs, toads, turtles, and snakes of Massachusetts.
- A photographic guide to the egg masses of the New England mole salamanders and the wood frog.
- Species accounts with full-color photographs, key diagonstic features, and natural history notes.
- List of resources to help further your study of vernal pools and their organisms.
The Vernal Pool Listserv provides a forum to discuss topics relating to vernal pools and vernal pool ecology. This group is unmoderated, but is monitored by the Vernal Pool Association and the MA Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program. Discussion is encouraged about scientific research, on-going vernal pool education projects at the elementary through graduate school levels, and about the first spotted salamander sightings of spring, among other things. Though originated in the glaciated northeastern US, discussion will be welcome from anywhere in the world where temporary wetlands are of interest.
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