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Ohio’s Hidden Wonders: A Guide to the Animals & Plants of Ohio’s Vernal Pools

This field guide is dedicated to the animals and plants of Ohio's vernal pools. It answers questions like:

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

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. This is a great guide for the novice or veteran interested in the wonder of Ohio's vernal pools.

To view the guide online or to order your copy, please visit

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.

Vernal pool video: "Ohio Vernal Pools: Diamonds in the Rough"

fairy Shrimp
Come along with OEC and several state experts as they explore the vibrant lands called “vernal pools.” Learn about amazing life history of creatures such as wood frogs, spotted salamanders, and fairy shrimp. Find out what threats are the greatest to these special ecosystems; and learn what you can do to protect the last vernal pools in Ohio.

Watch macroinvertebrates and crustaceans in action!.

What you can do!

  1. Please join our listserv, a place to exchange ideas and experiences regarding education, protection, study, and restoration of vernal pools throughout Ohio (
  2. Become a volunteer for the vernal pool monitoring program
  3. Become a partner in vernal pool education and outreach - visit our EDUCATION page, and send us your materials (
  4. Find our more about vernal pool best management practices, protection and restoration information
  5. Expert already and willing to devote some of your time to being a local contact for vernal pool information? Please sign up for our "Local Contact" list (
  6. Advertise your activities related to protection and restoration of vernal pools (


If you are interested in becoming a partner of the OVPP, or to inform us about your organization’s interest in vernal pool conservation, please contact David Celebrezze at (
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