Vernal Pool Workshop

01apr10:00 am2:30 pmVernal Pool WorkshopHerpetology Workshop

Event Details

Join naturalist, April Claus, for an in-depth examination of the ecology of Pennsylvania vernal ponds. This class is an introduction to these unique breeding pools, showcasing the behaviors of some of the most endearing amphibian species. Participants will learn how to identify amphibian egg masses and meet some live specimens of native salamanders, toads and frogs who utilize these ponds.

The first portion of this workshop will be an indoor lesson. After lunch, the group will venture outside to visit a nearby vernal pond to make observations in the field. Topics covered will include discussions of vernal pool inhabitants, mole salamander genetics, symbiotic relationships and management practices for vernal ponds.

Please bring your own lunch for this program. This program is designed for adults (18+ years) or children 14+, if accompanied by an adult. All participants should have a strong interest in biology and/or herpetology – this program will dive into some seriously interesting material!

$35 | Nonmembers $40  (Please sign in to receive member discount)

About the Instructor

April Claus is an environmental educator and naturalist. After completing her degree at Allegheny College, she received a M.S. in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she was field director of the Pennsylvania Herpetological Atlas Project. In 2000, she founded Interactive Environmental Programs to introduce Pennsylvanians to their lesser-known flora and fauna. In 2006, April received the Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE). She has been featured on WQED, received an award from the PA Environmental Council, and started several environmental science programs in schools around Pittsburgh. April currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Environmental Science and Sustainability Department at Allegheny College.


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

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Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend, kindly give 48 hours notice to receive a refund, by calling the Garden at 412-444-4464. No refunds will be issued after that point. The Garden reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment, or in the event of severe weather.