Pond life in a jar

Pond in a Jar

A pond in a jar is a fun biology project to see what kind of life you might find in a pond. It’s a small sample of the vegetation, mud, microscopic and small critters.


  • A jar with a well fitting lid. I used a candle jar, but feel free to use a pickle jar or other.
  • A shovel or trowel
  • A water bottle
  • A magnifying glass or digital microscope.

The rest you should be able to find from around the pond.

Find a stick, put it in the jar. Then, add mud with some vegetation, some water, and see what is there!

What do you see? Tell us all in the comments below!

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