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Home for spring break? Come to our first ever day-long spring break camp, all about vernal pools!

Campers will spend a day with Clifton Institute staff studying the animals that live in our vernal pools! Vernal pools are small bodies of water which dry out for part of the year, making them the perfect amphibian nurseries. They are home to frog, salamander, and dragonfly young, as well as a wriggling mass of other creatures!

We will spend the first part of the day learning about amphibian and insect life cycles, as well as how to identify many of our local amphibian species by sight and sound. We’ll spend the rest of the day hiking to the pools with our rain boots and research equipment and learning how to safely handle amphibians, check water quality, and interpret our findings.

Campers will have the chance to participate in real science, practice nature journaling, as well as use their creativity to design their own amphibian paradise.

Campers will need:

-Picnic lunch

-2 snacks

-Rubber boots


-Water bottle

This is a drop-off program and a signed waiver will be required for participation. If the cost is prohibitive or you are missing something from the needs list, please email Bridget Bradshaw (bbradshaw@cliftoninstitute.org). More details about the day will be sent 2 weeks prior to the program.

Price: $50 ($40 for Friends of Clifton) per child

Age: Students in grade 1-6.

Weather policy: Rain or shine except in case of extreme weather (e.g. thunderstorm or significant snow fall).

COVID-19 Information: This program will be entirely outdoors (an outside porta potty will be available). At the moment, we are requiring that everyone have a mask with them in case we need to go inside during inclement weather, to administer first aid, or for other reasons. Please do not attend if you are experiencing or have experienced in the last two weeks any symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.)

Registration is REQUIRED. Please note that our registration system may only give you the space for one attendee. If you are registering for multiple children, please put all of their first names in the First Name box. Thank you!

Cancellation policy: If you register and can no longer attend this event, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can open your spot to someone else. No refunds will be given upon registrant cancellation.

By registering for this event, you are affirming that you have read and agree to our liability release policy.