Public access in Mather’s vernal pool habitat is limited and
prohibited in some of the surrounding areas.
We only have about 5% of the vernal pools we once had in
California. We hope you will take time to enjoy and protect those
that remain. For the benefit of future visitors and hundreds of
vernal pool species, please:
Explore the area only on foot – no bicycles or motorized
Avoid walking into or along the edges of vernal pools. Avoid
stepping on flowers.
Keep dogs on leashes and out of restricted areas. Look for
“No Dogs Allowed” signs.
Leave all flowers for their pollinators and other visitors.
Unless you are on a guided tour, visit only areas open to the
for directions and walking instructions to public access areas in
the Illa Collin Preserve at Mather Field.
We are delivering fun hands-on science curriculum you can do at
home, in your backyard, or by taking a short field trip. The
wonders of nature and science are a delight to teach when you
have the tools. Let Curriculum Corner be that tool box for