Overview: Vernal Pool Public Tours
Vernal Pool Critter Walks
During the wet phase, the Mather Field Vernal Pools host dozens of species of aquatic invertebrates. Bigger critters who eat them come to the pools to dine: frogs, snakes, shore birds, wading birds, and more. If you want to meet them, along with their famous pool mates the Fairy Shrimp and Tadpole Shrimp, join us for a Critter Walk!
Vernal Pool Flower Walks
As the spring sun warms the earth and the pools evaporate, the wet phase gives way to the flower phase. During the month of April, flowers bloom in an ever-changing abundance of colorful rings and patches. Each pool has its own assortment of flowers depending upon the soil, hydrology and many factors we don’t yet understand. Come explore the blooming vernal pools with us!