Washington County 4-H Vernal Pools SPIN Club

salamander in snow
Photo by Gabrielle Brodek

Mondays, April 24 – May 22, 2023
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (directions) and Middle River Park (directions)
For youth in grades 4, 5 & 6

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What is a telltale sign of spring for you? Buds on trees? Bees buzzing? For us it’s vernal pools! Brimming with life and an important resting and feeding place for many organisms, we can learn a lot from these spring bodies of water. UMaine Cooperative Extension 4-H and Downeast Coastal Conservancy are teaming up to host a Vernal Pools (SPIN) Club that will meet Mondays April 24 – May 22 2:30-4:00 p.m. at Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. We will walk to Downeast Coastal Conservancy’s Middle River Park in Machias. This club is for Washington County youth in grades 4, 5 and 6, and is limited to 15 participants.

This club will focus on exploring vernal pools ecosystems, making observations, and learning about how species rely on vernal pools. Registration is required.


Contact Gabrielle Brodek, 4-H Youth Development Professional, gabrielle.brodek@maine.edu, Phone: 207.255.3345

Photo from UMaine 4-H Science Toolkit- Vernal Pools
Photo from UMaine 4-H Science Toolkit- Vernal Pools

Vernal Pools 4-H SPIN Club Registration

  • To add more than one name, click on the small plus (+) sign at the end of the row. Note: As a way to document those we are reaching, we are seeking Gender and Race/Ethnicity information on an optional basis. It is important that we ensure equal opportunity to all who might benefit from our programs.


For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Gabby Brodek, 4-H Youth Development Professional at gabrielle.brodek@maine.edu or 207.255.3345.

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