Springtime is the perfect time to explore the many ponds and streams of the Mount Washington Valley. If you are like many others, you may not know where to start when investigating the amazing diversity of life in these aquatic ecosystems. Dr. Rick Van de Poll, Ecosystem Management Consultants, will guide participants through an in depth exploration of pond ecology and monitoring. The class will involve two field sessions, so make sure to dress appropriately. Join Tin Mountain at the Nature Learning Center on Saturday, June 2, 9am-3pm for this fascinating program.

Dr. Rick Van de Poll is the principal of Ecosystem Management Consultants (EMC) in Sandwich, NH. He was formerly part of the core faculty at Antioch University New England and adjunct faculty at Plymouth State University. Through his work with EMC, Rick conducts land assessments and written management plans for over 150,000 acres of land throughout the state. His work focuses on biodiversity conservation.

The course will begin with an overview of pond ecosystems, including origins, functions, and issues of concern. Two field investigations examine cover hydrology and biological aspects. Bring a snack, lunch, and dress for spending extended time outdoors. This inclusive program will provide all the information necessary for monitoring small water bodies. There is a course fee of $15/member and $20/non-member. For questions or to register, please call 447-6991 or visit www.tinmountain.org.