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The Vernal Pool Association DLESE Reviewed Collection
This site is based at Reading Memorial High School in Reading, MA. It features general information defining and describing vernal pools as a habitat type, including an illustrated cartoon series. Resources for educators and students include suggestions for classroom and field trip activities, examples of school projects, field guides, and teacher resources such as workshops. While this site contains several references to state-specific resources and regulations, it is relevant and useful outside of Massachusetts wherever vernal pools are found. The teacher responsible for the text on this site spent a sabbatical developing a resource kit for educators, which is available for purchase. Links are provided to scientific researchers conducting vernal pool studies, including their methods and results. There is an extensive page of resources, both digital in print. Educators and students are encouraged to download and use the collection of 78 slides of vernal pools and associated species on this site.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • Informal
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Field activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Presentation / Demo
    • Project
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - artistic
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Services:
    • Email lists
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Hydrology
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Slide images are downloadable for free for use in reports, presentations, classes and as inspiration for your own art. All images are copyright by the artist and/or the Vernal Pool Association and may be used only for educational purposes in the classroom.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-031
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • C - Life science:
        • Diversity and adaptations of organisms
        • Population and ecosystems
        • Reproduction and heredity
        • Structure and function in living systems
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • C - Life science:
        • Behavior of organisms
        • Interdependence of organisms
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Mr Leo Kenney
Reading Memorial High School - Vernal Pool Association