Discover vernal pools

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) As the seasons transition and habitats and animals respond to the change in weather and climate, Vernal Pools begin to emerge and come to life based on the timing of this change and the relationship plants and animals have with their environment! Sienna Wildfield from HillTownFamilies.org told us how we can get involved.

Vernal Pools: Methods of Engagement that Support Community-Based Learning

As the seasons transition and habitats and animals respond to the change in weather and climate, Vernal Pools begin to emerge and come to life based on the timing of this change and the relationship plants and animals have with their environment! Taking advantage of these changes and getting out into your community to participate in nature-based learning activities will support the development of skills and integrated learning in a wide variety of subjects.

Methods of engagement as they relate to Vernal Pools can include nature-based learning, service-based learning and citizen scientist, and the embedded learning families can extracted from these engagement opportunities can range from ecology to natural history, entomology to zoology, scientific process to art!

When looking for community-based resources that support learning via the lens of vernal pools, consider nature center, conservation organizations and your local library.

The following methods of engagement highlight these community-based resources and the embedded learning you can extract from participation:

2 Community-Based Resources:

♦ Natural Habitats – vernal pools
♦ Native Species – found in vernal pools

3 Methods of Engagement with the above mentioned resources that support learning:
♦ Nature-based learning
♦ Service-based learning
♦ Citizen Scientist

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