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Exploring Vernal (Temporary) Ponds


Vernal ponds are ephemeral—or temporary—seasonal wetlands that dry up at some time during the year. Formed in depressions in the earth and are often found in forest settings. Vernal poolsrange in size from puddles to shallow lakes. Of utmost importance is that these ponds, or pools, are absent of fish and are therefore home to what are called obligate species—organisms and species that are completely dependent on these ponds for parts of their life cycle. Join a South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) educator on this adventure to learn about vernal ponds and find out what organisms and species rely on these ponds to provide an essential breeding habitat to begin their life cycle. Best for adults and families with children six years old and up. Featuring a live animal from a vernal pool!


  • 9/24/2022
  • 1:00 pm — 2:00 pm


Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge
340 Smith Rd
Shirley, NY 11967

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