Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team was established and began locating and certifying vernal ponds in 1990 as a joint venture with the New England Herpetological Society. In 2006 we became a Federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team

     Mission - Vision - Values

Our Mission... the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to vernal pond conservation and education since 1990. Our focus is vernal ponds. The issue is the preservation of wildlife habitat, which is ultimately about the health of the planet.  

Our Vision... to open a Wildlife Center where all kinds of New England animals and plants are represented. We will build an interactive and educational nature study center.

Our Values... we accomplish our work in a way that reflects the welfare and comfort of the creatures in our care, and those in the wild. We strive to leave the smallest possible footprint on the world. 

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Fundraising Match 2022

A generous Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team supporter, The Echo Charitable Foundation (TECF) of Ipswich, Massachusetts, has committed to match every donation we receive in 2022 up to $25,000. 

You know that our mission is the preservation of wildlife habitat which is ultimately about the health of our planet. In order to accomplish that, our focus is vernal pond conservation and eduction. With your support this matching campaign will allow us to greatly enhance our programmatic capacity.

Here’s how it works: Make a tax-deductible donation to the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team by midnight December 31, 2022, and your donation will be matched dollar for dollar — up to $25,000! 

This is an incredible gift and with your support, we will have an even greater impact on our little corner of the world.

YOU Exceeded the MATCH and RAISED $32,759.00.
What an incredible TEAM.

Exciting News from Director Rick Roth!

Our Vision for the future is to open a Wildlife Center on Cape Ann. This will not be restricted to vernal ponds - all kinds of New England habitat will be represented. The Center will also include the following:

  • Live indoor and outdoor animal exhibits, professionally constructed  with consideration for the viewing experience, comfort, and the welfare of the animals. For example, in an otter enclosure one will view the animals underwater, on the water, in an upland habitat setting, and in a den
  • On-site veterinarians
  • Native wildlife rehabilitation
  • Captive breeding and head-starting of rare species
  • Native plants in greenhouses and in the outdoors
  • Starting point for field trips to various habitats
  • Destination for school, church, and camp field trips
  • Educational programs on-site, with hosted speakers and trained wildlife instructors
  • Gathering place to mobilize the local community and visitors to become stewards of our wild populations
  • Home-base for our presentations and live animal exhibits at community events, schools, state parks, libraries and private venues
  • Green facility with solar panels, composting toilets, and powered by renewable resources

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