I really

enjoyed the

VP Workshop

& appreciate

your help.

Lesley J. Brown
Graduate Student in
Conservation Biology at
University of Maryland


Instruction provided by
Holiday Lake 4-H Center’s Natural Resource Director,
Michael S. Hayslett

Mike has studied these habitats since his childhood in Virginia’s Western Highlands, has written many articles
on the subject, and traveled all over Virginia educating about vernal pools. The Audubon Naturalist Society called him
"Virginia’s leading expert"
on vernal pools.


The Spring Pools Institute is an advanced workshop on the ecology & conservation of vernal pools & isolated wetlands and is designed for adult participants (and mature youth with instructor approval). There are presently two course offerings each spring, and each course is four (4) days in length. E
njoy delicious food, beautiful surroundings and lots of field time!

~ 5 hours in the classroom and 4 days in the field!!!

~ Rustic but comfortable bunkhouse lodging by the lake

~ A health form (no physical required), list of items to bring, & other information will be sent as soon as your registration form has been received.

• Gain practical experience at interesting outdoor settings

• See isolated, seasonal wetlands with unique wildlife

• Encounter salamanders (Spotted, Marbled, & Mole), wood frogs, and fairy shrimp…


For additional information, call Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs are open to all, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, veteran status, national origin, disability, or political affiliation.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in the Spring Pools Institute, please contact The 4-H Center no later than two weeks prior to the date assistance is needed between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.