Wet Phase Walk

Students that visit during February and the first few weeks of March are usually treated to the wet phase walk. They are led by their guide through the grasslands and, ultimately, to a vernal pool. Along the way, the students hone their observation skills by looking for certain things on a scavenger hunt card. They may find signs of coyotes, voles, gopher mounds, different species of birds, and lots more.

Once they arrive at the vernal pool, they kneel on a wooden platform at the water’s edge and the moment they’ve been waiting for arrives: they each get a plastic container and get to scoop aquatic critters out of the vernal pool! They get so excited when they actually scoop out their critter!