About the Crisis
Educators - Leap In!
Things You Can
About the Large-crested Toad
The Frog Shop
Put the Fun back in Fundraising!
funds needed to develop a captive breeding facility to save the
large-crested toad are close to $50,000. The good news is that the
Amphibian Project Team has raised half of that amount already! We are
counting on classes like yours across the country to raise any amount
you can to help out. If fundraising is impossible for your class, than
please, please, please teach your children about amphibians using these
only teaching your students about amphibians, but also the sense of
pride they will gain from participating in the process of saving an
entire species from extinction. Through fundraising, students will be
able to see the dollars or pennies they raise at work through our zoo
updates. This will be a lesson that they will carry with them for many
years to come, along with the knowledge that “I Helped Save the
doesn’t have to be work! In fact, the fundraising ideas we’ve included are fun and can be
seamlessly integrated into the educational process. These ideas are
intended as suggestions and you can modify them to suit your student’s
interests or school’s policies.
National Wildlife Foundation has
created May 3, 2008 as a national frog monitoring and appreciation
the Ribbit". You just have to spend a bit of time outside and
make note of the frogs you see and hear. Gather a group of family,
friends or students and head outside! Raise funds by accepting
pledges for each ribbit you hear.
Conduct a ‘Walk for Frogs’! Students can raise
pledges to support a walk to a local pond, park, or natural area to
raise awareness about the amphibian extinction crisis and help to
save their ‘adopted’ frogs. If your school doesn’t have a nearby
natural area, your walk can take place on school grounds or even
indoors. Perhaps your ‘walk’ is a run or even a hop and pledges can
be collected by the block, lap, or number of hops. Be creative!
This is a great event for Earth Day or Leap Day (February 29th).
Leap Day is the official launch date of the global Year of the Frog
Sell raffle tickets for prizes or host an
auction. These prizes or auction items could be
donated by parents, local companies or by community residents. Or they could be
crafts made by the students (i.e. ceramic bowls, flower pots, toad
Use your knowledge of frogs and
their habitats to develop a play, video, slideshow, or other
creative public event. Request that attendees make a donation to
your Save a Frog initiative.
Cook a spaghetti dinner or pancake
breakfast at your school. Make it a froggy theme by decorating lily
pad placemats and creating a decorated frog habitat in the room and
ask for donations.
Work with a local business to donate a portion of
their earnings to your class on important days like Leap Day or
Earth Day – or both! Kids could create posters or other
awareness-raising materials to be displayed at the business or
school to increase sales.
Frogging challenge! Try to find as many frogs as you can in your
schoolyard. Be careful not to disturb them! Take pictures so you can
identify them later. Get pledges for each frog identified.
Frogs saved: A viable captive
population should consist of at least 500 individual frogs of one
species. To save 500 frogs we
need to raise $50,000.
This represents $100 per individual.
Your contribution can help us fill our aquarium.