Vernal Pools - An Earth Day Celebration!
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Vernal pools or seasonal ponds are the backbone of the woodland amphibian population. Created from snow melt & springtime rains, vernal pools provide the water necessary to support the eggs and infant population of woodland frogs and salamanders. Only existing for 3 - 6 months, it is a race against time for these animals to develop into their adult form. Come join us to learn about what is happening in some of the woodland's wicked big puddles, who lives in them and how this mini ecosystem operates.
Can you guess what type of eggs are in our picture? (Answer below)
The Discovery Center is pleased to partner with The Garden of Ideas to offer this unique program! The Garden of Ideas is an outdoor community center & garden sanctuary situated on eight acres of woodland, meadow, gardens and marsh which is fed by the overflow from Lake Mamanasco. It is a non-profit dedicated to developing and maintaining beautifully creative garden spaces with a minimum of unnecessary landscape maintenance that produce an abundance of nutrient dense food crops. Their mission is to connect their visitors to the outdoors and also to provide animal habitats for the wildlife around us.
All Ages Welcome!
What to Wear: Waterproof boots are highly recommended.
Cost: $7 per person with a max of $20 per family (Membership rates do not apply)
Location: Garden of Ideas - 653 North Salem Road, Ridgefield, CT (203) 431-9914
Directions: From Ridgefield Center at the junciton of 35 & 116 take Route 116 (North Salem Road) west for about 3 miles. The Garden is on the left - look for a white & green sign and a rustic fence. From the west - The Garden is 1.3 miles from the NY/CT state line - just past the Ridgefield Middle/High School complex on the right after Craigmoor Road.
This program is co-sponsored by The Garden of Ideas
What type of eggs: Wood Frog - Learn more about how these animals become Frog-sicles - Click here