Salamander's Big Night

Date: Saturday, March 26
Time: Program 10am-11:30am; Museum open until 12pm
Ages: All ages
Cost: By donation
Location: The Nature Museum

During the first warm rainy night of spring— Big Night—spotted salamanders by the hundreds crawl out of the woods and over to vernal pools where they will breed and lay their eggs. How do salamanders know it is time to migrate and how far do they travel? Crossing a road at night is dangerous for these small amphibians, especially after a long winter’s nap, when they are intent on getting to the vernal pools to find a mate.

Throughout New England, people help salamanders and other amphibians cross roads during their spring migration. They watch weather forecasts. They contact one another by telephone or by email. “Here come the spotted salamanders. It's Big Night!” Find out how you can help salamanders during this spring voyage.

Join Environmental Educator Lynn Morgan for a half hour indoor lesson on salamanders followed by an hour long moderate hike to the forests and vernal pools around The Nature Museum. Discover what slithering salamanders and vernal pools can teach us about regeneration this spring. 

The program will be held both indoors and outdoors. Please dress appropriate for the day's weather and wear shoes suitable for the trail.  Please bring a hearty snack and a water bottle. This will be a moderate hike which will take place rain or shine.

Walk-ins welcome, but an RSVP letting us know that you plan to attend is always appreciated! In addition to the program, the museum will be open to explore from 10 am until 12 pm.