LEARNING ACTIVITY
Creating a frog-friendly habitat: construction
Category: Biodiversity
Climate Region: Arid | Temperate | Tropical
State or Territory: ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA
Age Range: 7-13

STORY

Suyin, Tom and their local Landcare group met regularly to organise all the materials and tools they needed for their project. Many people offered to support them by donating equipment, native and aquatic plants as well as their time as volunteers. On the day of the community working bee, it became very clear to Suyin and Tom how much protecting the local frogs meant to the community. There were so many volunteers. While it took a lot of hard work and effort, Suyin and Tom beamed as they finally laid the last of the plants and rocks and the safety signage. They couldn’t believe that they have just created a frog-friendly pond!

ACTIVITY OVERVIEW

The lack of suitable habitat is a real threat to frogs across Australia. With research and thoughtful design processes, you can take action and create a frog-friendly habitat on your property, at school or in your local community garden. This will require good preparation, resourcing and a great team of patient and diligent helpers. Restoration of habitats increases the land’s ability to support frog populations and helps connect frog communities.

This learning activity is the third part of a sequence of 3 individual learning activities focused on creating a frog-friendly habitat. The order of these learning activities are: research, design and construction.

Outcomes

For children to:

  • understand that they can help support frog species through creation and restoration of their habitat
  • appreciate the planning and materials required to create a frog-friendly habitat
  • learn how to create a healthy pond environment
  • value the needs of local frog species, their aquatic breeding and foraging habitat and to be able to construct that habitat for them.
SEASONAL NOTES

While this activity can be undertaken any time of year, undertaking this project during times of predictable rainfall is preferable. Natural rainfall will fill the pond and enable young learners to observe where the water pools naturally in your area.

During spring and summer, run this as a morning activity to avoid heat stress for people and plants.

Did you know?

Frogs sleep patterns and diet are suited to their environment.

Did you know?

Most species of frogs are nocturnal but some are diurnal, which means they are also active during the day.

Did you know?

Many frogs are arboreal (tree dwelling) while others are terrestrial (land dwelling), living either underground or on the ground.

Did you know?

Frogs sleep patterns and diet are suited to their environment.

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