Budding Naturalist: Vernal Pools, Session 2 (Ages 10-14)
April 27 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Does your child love nature and want to expand their identification skills? In this special COVID-adapted program geared toward older students ages 10-14, participants can join our experts for weekly small-group outdoor sessions. Though programming will take place outdoors, participants are required to wear a face covering at all times.
In April, Maine’s amphibians migrate to vernal pools to breed and lay eggs. During this session, participants will return to some of the vernal pools visited during the last session and visit some new pools to observe changes in the wood frog and salamander egg masses. We will review how to tell the difference between the two types of egg masses as we check on their populations by performing an egg mass count for our annual survey. We will compare the differences between the pools and ponds we visit as we draw some conclusions about which locations will have the most successful populations of amphibians.
Please note: In an effort to keep the group size small, this is a drop-off program. If your child would be more comfortable with you nearby, please contact Erika Huber at email@example.com before the session to discuss options. If this session is full, please call 207-633-8000 to be added to our waiting list.
Erika Huber is the Youth and Family Program Coordinator for Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. She holds degrees in forestry and horticulture and has over ten years’ experience working with children in environmental and gardening education.
Bridget VerVaet has been the Education Programs Assistant at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens since 2018; she can most often be found leading youth groups and families in nature-based education programs. She holds a degree in biology and enjoys sharing the wonders of natural world with guests of all ages.