Exploring Vernal Pools

Rising spring temperatures and thawing rains are signals to dormant life to awaken. Waters from the winter melt and spring rain congregate in low areas known as vernal pools and provide an important habitat for local wildlife to breed and thrive at this crucial time of year. Join a naturalist on a 3-hour walk in the woods as we explore Wendell State Forest. Learn about this unique habitat and how salamanders, fairy shrimp, and wood frogs have adapted to survive from one season to the next. .

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Mount Grace: Hidden Valley

The Hidden Valley trail traverses a 67-acre inholding within the Wendell State Forest, which was the research camp of the famous botanist, Arthur Cronquist, who observed that “time here refreshes my soul.” NOTE: This is a 2.5 mile hike through the Wendell State Forest. We will arrive to Hidden Valley, observe Lynn's Falls and continue through Wendell State Forest to the vernal pool.

Dates: April 13

Times: 10a-1p

April 13

Additional information regarding this experience

What's Included?

Guided hike with a naturalist 

Nets to capture - and release! - samples for up close observation 

What to Bring

Waterproof boots/Shoes that might get wet 

Layers appropriate for temperatures 

Plenty of drinking water 

Other Notes:

*This is an easy walk on a wooded trail with some rocky sections. There are some uphill and downhill stretches on the trail.

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