These beautiful pools are low-tech, easy to maintain and best of all, only need to be filled once.
Natural pools are home to frogs, water striders and dragonflies, making them a treasure trove of riches for children to explore.
Illustration by Brad Anderson
A natural pond in your backyard offers an idyllic oasis for the entire family.
Neat stonework and a graceful waterfall help create a spectacular pool in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Courtesy Cheryl Opperman
This cross-section shows the plant zone and swimming area of a natural pond. After compacting a thin layer of soil, a liner and gravel are applied to the pond's bottom. A floating dock equipped with a ladder provides easy access to the pool.
Illustration by Melanie Powell
Rushes, sedges and water lilies provide a beautiful border to your natural pond, and they keep the water clear and clean.