Arrival Times

If your program starts at 9:15, be at the picnic tables at 9:10.

If your program starts at 11:10, be at the picnic tables at 11:00.

SPLASH website

Mather Field Preserve has an excellent website with great information about the plants and animals that live in and around vernal pools. If you want to prepare yourself or your students for what they might see here, this is the place to look.



We believe jotting down some observations in a journal along the hike and then adding more details to their observations when they return to school is a great way to act like a “field scientist”. Please have students make a journal to write in (If you don’t make the journals, have your students wear name tags please and bring the “Tracks” sheet). There are two attachments to help you with the journals. One attachment gives directions for making the journal. The “tracks” attachment is a page of animal tracks that should be included as a page in the students’ journals. Remind them to have pencils so they can write in their journals on the hike. We do move the students pretty quickly from habitat to habitat, so we don’t always have enough time to let them write as much as they want. If you believe the journals are not valuable or practical for the younger students to use, then we will make do without them. Feel free to modify the journals to fit your particular needs.