Tabletop Pond Guide begins by describing how people can build model ponds so they may closely observe and study pond organisms and the relationships among these organisms. When scientists do this, they are trying to better understand behaviors and relationships in outdoor ponds. Directions for building a model pond and a description of several common pond organisms are provided. These organisms are recommended for use in model ponds because of their prevalence worldwide, and because they offer representative examples of the categories of organisms found in most ecosystems. The book closes by addressing important points for maintaining a model pond and for dismantling it when the time is right.