Visit a Vernal Pool

Vernal Pool and frog at Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary

The best time to see a vernal pool is spring. Watch for tiny tadpoles swimming about, camouflaged masses of frog or salamander eggs, or delicate fairy shrimp safely sheltered under submerged leaves.

You'll catch a glimpse of a magical and critical part of the seasonal cycles of New England, and come away with a better understanding of why we need to protect the nature of Massachusetts.

Sanctuaries with Vernal Pools

Many of Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries are home to vernal pools, including:

Greater Boston

Broadmoor, Natick

Drumlin Farm, Lincoln

North of Boston

Ipswich River, Topsfield

South of Boston

Attleboro Springs, Attleboro

Moose Hill, Sharon

Oak Knoll, Attleboro

Stony Brook, Norfolk

Central Massachusetts

Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester

Lincoln Woods, Leominster

Connecticut River Valley

Arcadia, Easthampton & Northampton


Pleasant Valley, Lenox