Freshwater

New England's watery habitats

Explore the many freshwater habitats of the New England region-- from woodland streams to bogs and marshes, ponds and swamps. Here, you'll discover a variety of inhabitants and the inner workings of nature's own water purification system.

  • Look for a spiny softshell turtle, a gray tree frog and other creatures in their watery habitats.
  • View microscopic pond animals through a Wentz scope
  • Watch out for the movements of a noctural opposum.  
  • Step up to each environment and come nose-to-nose with the animals that live there.
  • Identify the bugs and birds you might find in freshwater environments, using specimens from the museum's collections
  • Learn about how the region's watery environments connect to one another.