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Rice Paddy Pond

What do rice and tadpoles have in common? They both reside in ICG’s captivating rice paddy pond!

This pond was dug in 2013 to help ICG solve some of its drainage issues caused by heavy summer rains and a high water table. In the spring of 2014, tadpoles moved in and volunteer Dan Krall transformed it into one of ICG’s most-loved features: a rice paddy and discovery pond! The kid-sized docks allow for water exploration — many a visitor has caught frogs, tadpoles and water insects. Iris, taro, lilies and rice have helped create a thriving ecosystem here in very little time!

Sitting on the dock watching tadpoles or splashing in the water is always a winning way to spend the afternoon.

Special thanks to Dan Krall and Cornell’s rice breeding program.