This is a 13-lesson environmental science curriculum about vernal
pools designed for 4th- and 5th-graders. It includes three
binders: the Teacher’s Manual, Critter Catalog, and Flower Facts.
This program is used by numerous Sacramento County school
districts and focuses on the Mather Field vernal pools in eastern
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For 2 billion years, bacteria were the only creatures on Earth.
Long before the dinosaurs, a special type of bacteria slowly
increased the level of oxygen in the Earth’s air to 20 percent.
Without this oxygen other plants and animals could not have
evolved, including us.