Save the Dates for Vernal Pools in April.

Wood frog eggs in a vernal pool.

Vernal pools are small, temporary woodland ponds that serve as critical breeding habitat for a suite of amphibians and even tiny clams and crustaceans.  In efforts to protect this vital (yet often overlooked) wildlife habitat, AVEO — the citizen science arm of the Harris Center — trains volunteers to identify and document vernal pools, with special focus on lands where information is needed for conservation planning.

This spring, we’ll cover the building blocks of vernal pool ecology in indoor training sessions on Wednesday, April 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Peterborough Town House and Thursday, April 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Keene State College (Putnam Science Center Room 127), then venture outside for hands-on instruction in vernal pool identification and documentation at local vernal pools on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to noon in Keene and 3 to5 p.m. in Peterborough.  Interested volunteers need only attend one indoor and one outdoor training session.  Trainings are free, but registration is required.  

For more information or to register, please contact Brett Amy Thelen at or (603) 358-2065.

The Peterborough Vernal Pool Project is made possible through the generous support of the Davis Conservation Foundation, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the Peterborough Conservation Commission.