Wildlife Research, Monitoring & Mentoring

Natural Neighbors: The Benefits of a Natural Pool


Conventional pools use an alarming amount of energy and chemicals to operate, whereas natural pools utilize regeneration sections with native plants to naturally filter water and add aesthetic beauty. This summer, we visited with Geraldine Brooks, a fellow Natural Neighbor, to learn about her natural pool.  In this video, Geraldine shares her story on why she converted a conventional pool into a natural one and the joy she has experienced from swimming and observing the biodiversity supported by this water source.


Some native wetland plants actually look tropical, like the ones pictured below.  From left to right, you have Blue flag iris, swamp rose mallow/hibiscus, and cardinal flower. These plants contribute to the ecological benefits of natural pools by providing natural habitat and water filtration, eliminating the use of chemicals and reducing the amount of energy needed to run the pool.  

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As seen from Geraldine’s video, you can create a space both for you and wildlife. Schedule a Natural Neighbors site visit through our online survey at https://forms.gle/2e9tRAkcDq6TwyWm9 to learn more about ways to add suitable water sources and other habitat features to your property.     

<a href="https://biodiversityworksmv.org/author/angela/" target="_self">Angela Luckey</a>

Angela Luckey


Angela was the Natural Neighbors program director from May 2021 to November 2022. She grew up on Martha’s Vineyard and lives in West Tisbury. Angela has a B.S. from UMass in Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences and an M.S. from American Public University in Environmental Management and Policy.

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