The NRC invites children and their care givers to a free vernal pool adventure. Please come rain or shine for this indoor and outdoor program designed to introduce students to easily accessible wildlife habitats and encourage them to become stewards of Wellesley’s vernal pools, which are centers of springtime activity and the breeding sites for several species of woodland amphibians. They will also have an opportunity to look for the eggs of salamanders and frogs and invertebrate species that take advantage of these temporary ponds.
The program will start indoors at the Wellesley Police Station with a slideshow about vernal pools and the creatures who live in them. We will then move outdoors and explore a nearby vernal pool to see for ourselves how it functions, and gather evidence needed for State vernal pool certification.
Participants should wear boots or waterproof shoes and dress for weather conditions and wet ground. Insect repellent, long pants, and long sleeves are recommended.