Exploring Nature With Kids | Santa Rosa Ecological Reserve

Join us as we explore the beautiful Santa Ana mountains in search of the seasonal vernal pools. Being in our fourth year of drought, the vernal pools haven’t had water in them for years, but don’t worry the shrimp (eggs) that are unique to this area can survive decades in this area without water. When water fills these shallow pools the shrimp eggs hatch. I hope to visit them one year and actually see them. In the meantime, the sights were breathtaking. We were blessed with big gorgeous clouds, breezing weather and sunshine now and then.

While hiking the Granite Loop trail, we passed through multiple plant communities. This was a fantastic way to bring our nature unit to life!

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