A Milwaukee native and graduate of normal school there, Pohl combined a deep interest in conservation with her long career in elementary education. She pioneered outdoor field trips and involved her sixth graders in environmental issues by having them write letters to Congress.
She became President of the Izaak Walton League’s Milwaukee Chapter in 1952 and its Secretary for many years. During her adult life, there was hardly a conservation organization or issue in which she was not involved. Her accomplishments were recognized by the Izaak Walton League, Milwaukee County Conservation Alliance and Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, among others, and in 1956 she received a Citation of Merit from Governor Warren Knowles.