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Vernal pool stroll planned for April 23

A vernal pool stroll will be held at the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve on Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Every spring, small depressions in the northern forest floor come to life, filling with rain, melting snow, and eventually, salamander and frog eggs.

Brett Amy Thelen of the Harris Center for Conservation Education will lead a moderately strenuous hike to the vernal pool at the top of the hill to explore the ephemeral world of spring-breeding amphibians.

This event is co-sponsored with the Harris Center for Conservation Education. For more information, call Horatio Colony Nature Preserve Project Manager Paul Bocko at 283-2115.

The Horatio Colony Nature Preserve is a 645-acre parcel of woodlands and wetlands in Keene and Swanzey, owned by the Colony Memorial Trust. It provides the community with more than five miles of hiking trails, a historic cabin and foundations, place-based education initiatives, ongoing research activities, and a public program series.

The Preserve is managed by Antioch University New England.

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