Vernal Pool Guide

Ohio's Hidden Wonders: A Guide to the Animals and Plants of Vernal Pools is a field guide dedicated to the animals and plants of Ohio's vernal pools. This is a great guide for the novice or veteran interested in the wonder of Ohio's vernal pools.

Vernal pools are seasonal wetlands that fill with water each year but typically dry out during some part of the year.

  • What does a fairy shrimp look like?
  • Where can you find tiger salamanders in Ohio?
  • Can swamp rose be found in a vernal pool?

You'll learn the answers to these questions and more in this full-color, wire-coiled, tabbed guide! 

Sections include: Frogs & Toads, Salamanders, Snakes, Dragonflies & Damselflies, Turtles, Spiders, Macroinvertebrates, and Plants. 

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To order your own copy of the guide visit our online store.

Each guide is $25 plus shipping and handling. 

NOTE: You may order up to 10 copies online. For larger orders, please call (614) 299-9770 or email


Contributors to this guide include state and local experts in flora and fauna. Written contributions are from Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, Friends of Wetlands, Ohio Division of Wildlife, Ohio Environmental Council, Ohio EPA, Ohio Odonata Society, The Wilderness Center, and individual authors.

This collaborative effort was made possible by The Columbus Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, and the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Learn more about vernal pools.