Discover Vernal Pools with the MLT

Vernal pools are a vital breeding habitat for resident amphibians and invertebrates such as wood frogs, spotted and blue-spotted salamanders, and fairy shrimp. The MLT is once again offering an introduction to vernal pools and instructions on how to certify them through two field trips into the Old Aucoot District. 

            Because of COVID-19 precautions, the explorations will be divided into two groups of no more than 10 participants each. On Saturday, April 17, we’ll assemble at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm at the Holmes historic site on Angelica Avenue. We´ll proceed north through the woods into the protected lands of the Old Aucoot District. Together we´ll complete all of the field work necessary for the state certification of the pool through the Commonwealth’s Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program. This will be a wonderful opportunity for parents, grandparents, and children to learn together about the wetlands of Mattapoisett and their special characteristics.

            The exploration is free and open to all, including residents of other towns. The Holmes historic site is located a short distance east of the corner of Prospect Road and Angelica Avenue. Because space is limited, we ask anyone who would like to participate to make a reservation at Please wear appropriate clothing, including rubber boots and masks. The exploration will take place rain or shine. For more information call 774-377-9191 or email

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