Dartmouth, MA 02748
Snakes, frogs, toads, salamanders, and more! Join us for an immersive field school experience at the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. This all-day session is about our native reptiles and amphibians and the factors that influence their success. You’ll also create your own toad house and learn how to make your property more herp-friendly.
Joined by experts from Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Sanctuary and the Bristol County Agricultural High School, live specimens will be on hand for you to examine and learn about and the group will spend lots of time exploring in the field. Investigate the seasonal, rich habitat a vernal pool offers, dive into the perilous world of a diamondback terrapin in the salt marsh and discover secretive species who are making headway in the SouthCoast, like the spadefoot toad and black racer snake and visit their habitats.
The day begins at Stone Barn Farm and will lead us through trails, sandy beach, and vernal pool exploration, punctuated by live animal investigation, presentations, and meals. The program ends with an optional evening dinner session on frog calls, followed by a final hike outdoors.
Terrain can be uneven in areas; be prepared to walk/hike approximately 3 miles over the course of the day. Dress in layers and bring a pair of hiking shoes/boots as well as knee-high boots and/or hip waders. A pair of extra socks is recommended. Please pack a sack lunch; dinner is provided. Registration is limited to 12 participants.
Cost: $100 members, $120 non-members