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 meet regularly so they can organise all the materials and tools they need for their project. Many people in the local community have offered to support them by donating equipment, native and aquatic plants, as well as their time as volunteers.

With their design plan ready, Suyin and the group were ready to start constructing their frog-friendly habitat. They decided to organise their first working bee on the third Saturday of the month. Suyin and Tom would lead the team with the guidance of Liz and Suyin’s grandfather.

While the council had allocated the area for their new frog-habitat, Suyin’s grandfather told the team that it was important that they visit the site after rainfall so that they could see where the water pooled naturally to ensure the location was the perfect area for the habitat.

On the day of the community working bee, everyone gathered around to help. Suyin used a range of marked sticks to mark out where the pond would go and how large it would be using the design specifications they had prepared earlier. Tom and the other group members took turns digging and scooping out the soil for the pond hole, while other volunteers prepared the hessian sacks, gravel, sand and pond liner. Someone took before- and after-photos to help share the success of the day.

When Suyin and Tom laid the last of the plants and rocks and their safety signage, they proudly looked at the frog-friendly pond they had created.

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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