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Vernal Pool Reserve

Restoring historic landmarks

Merced County is home to some of the most pristine, federally protected vernal pool ecosystems in California and to multiple endangered species. The Vernal Pool Reserve Engineering Service Learning team is designing a trail system that allows users to engage in learning activities while still preserving this fragile ecosystem.

Project Status

The team is prototyping design features that will balance the user’s trail experience while protecting the vernal pools.  The project is expected to be submitted for approval by late November of 2018.



Faculty Adviser:

Professor Martha Conklin

Research Interests: 
  • Climate Change/Global Warming
  • Environment
  • Water






Community Partner:
Merced Vernal Pools Grassland Reserve

The mission of the University of California Natural Reserve System is to contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California. Read more at:




Team Biographies