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 the local park, Suyin and Tom decided to create a frog-friendly habitat next to the creek. It was important that local community become aware of their existence and why they are important so that more people will actively protect and care for them. Suyin and Tom had lots of support from their school community and the local Landcare group to help rehabilitative the park. The adults helped them submit a formal proposal to the local council for the construction of a 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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