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

STORY

Convinced that there is a colony of frogs living in their local park, Suyin and Tom made it their mission to create a frog-friendly habitat next to the creek to raise awareness to the existence of the local frogs. If more locals realised the importance of these little frogs to the environment, more people will actively protect and care for them.

Suyin and Tom worked hard to gather interest in their project within the local community. They did a letterbox drop, they put posters up at their school and in local shops. They also asked their parents to help promote their project ideas to community pages on social media. They were so excited when Liz, a member of a local Landcare group reached out to them, wanting to help. Liz informs Suyin and Tom that her Landcare group has been very active in rehabilitating part of the park.

After some research and formally joining the local Landcare group with children and adults who wanted to help, a formal proposal outlining the estimated costs, a suitable site and the benefits to the community and the environment was developed. Suyin’s grandfather submitted the formal proposal to the local council.

While it took a lot of hard work and patience, the group received approval to use a small piece of the park, adjacent to the creek for their frog-friendly habitat project. The council stipulated a lot of safety considerations for the project. Suyin, Tom and their group included the safety aspects into the project design of the frog habitat.

ACTIVITY OVERVIEW

The lack of suitable habitat is a real threat to frogs across Australia. Using thoughtful design processes by understanding the local topography and plants of your local environment will help you take action and create a frog-friendly habitat on your property, at school or at your local community garden. Restoration of habitats increases the land’s ability to support frog populations and helps connect frog communities.

This learning activity is the second 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 the environment needed to create a frog-friendly habitat
• appreciate and complement the natural settings for a frog-friendly habitat
• learn practical mapping and design skills
• undertake a design task based on research of local frog species.

SEASONAL NOTES

While this activity can be undertaken any time of year, undertaking this project during times of predictable rainfall are preferable. By observing natural rainfall, you will be able to determine the best location for your frog-friendly habitat. This needs to be considered when designing the habitat.

Did you know?

Australia is home to more than 221 named species of frogs – and there are likely to be more to be discovered!

Did you know?

Frogs are carnivores, most are insectivores and feed on insects but larger species of frogs will even eat small mice.

Did you know?

Frog populations face numerous threats nationally and globally: habitat loss and fragmentation, disease, introduced species, and climate change.

Did you know?

Australia is home to more than 221 named species of frogs – and there are likely to be more to be discovered!

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