Visit A Vernal Pool

What Is This Video?

Join sisters Kiana, Kaya, and Kalea as they sketch and photograph a vernal pool, a temporary pond that forms in some areas in the spring, after the snow melts.

Conversation Starters

  • Are there any vernal pools near where you live? How might you find out?
  • A vernal pool is a pond that forms in the spring and dries up by the fall. What are some ways in which your neighborhood changes from one season to the next?

Explore Some More

Ponder the Pond

Visit a pond, stream, or other wetland near you. Take notes and make sketches in your field notebook. If you brought a camera, take photographs as well. How high up does the water level come? What plants or animals live there? Visit again in a few weeks–how has it changed?