Discover Highlawn Forest Youth Series: Vernal Pools
Join Master Naturalist Lynn Kochiss and guest expert Jim Arrigoni on a vernal pool quest! After a brief indoor show featuring frogs, salamanders and their habitats, we’ll venture outside to explore the vernal pools of Highlawn Forest. Equipped with nets, buckets, and magnification devices, we’ll collect and examine a variety of critters. In addition to tadpoles and salamander eggs, likely discoveries will include damselfly larvae, diving beetles, and fairy shrimp. The viewing deck adjacent to the vernal pool ensures the safety and comfort (no wet feet!) of participants.
All children must be accompanied by an adult for this program.
Jim Arrigoni is a PhD candidate in conservation biology at the State University of New York in Syracuse. He was fortunate to grow up in the lower CT River Valley, roaming the hillsides and prowling shorelines for frogs, fish, and turtles. He has a strong interest in educating citizens about the fascinating creatures that share our landscapes and make our part of the world special.
Lynn Kochiss is an environmental educator who has been a CFPA volunteer since 2007. She is a certified elementary teacher, a Project Learning Tree Facilitator, and a Goodwin Conservation Center Master Naturalist. Lynn was recognized as a National PLT Outstanding Educator in 2013 for her work in environmental education. Her most recent endeavors for CFPA have focused on programming designed to connect people of all ages to the outdoors.
This free event is sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA).