Explore a vernal pool in the Northeast Kingdom

Vernal pools are small but mighty ecosystems. Their tiny size and fleeting nature belies their outsized contribution to the ecological health of our forests. These temporary wetlands host diverse insects, clams, shrimp, frogs, salamanders, and plants, and provide critical breeding habitat for many amphibian species and food for forest birds and mammals.

Join us to visit a vernal pool in St. Johnsbury! We’ll be exploring several pools and the forest between them.

This walk will require about 1 mile of walking in the woods or on forest roads, with steep and uneven, potentially slippery terrain. You should wear sturdy shoes and long pants and bring layers of clothing including warm layers, rain gear, and hats, as well as water and snacks.

Trip Leaders

  • Allaire Diamond, Ecologist, Vermont Land Trust
  • Kiley Briggs, Herpetologist, Orianne Society


The Vermont Land Trust welcomes and affirms all regardless of their age, culture, abilities, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.