The inaugural Drumming For The Frogs event was originally scheduled to take place at the City of San Francisco's frog-killing Sharp Park Golf Course on Save The Frogs Day April 28, 2012. Unfortunately for the area's wildlife, this free educational/cultural event never occurred, because the City of San Francisco denied SAVE THE FROGS! the permit we requested. The City gave no valid reason for denying the event, saying the decision is not up to them, but instead up to the Sharp Park Golf Course -- which is owned by the City! To make matters worse, the City simultaneously granted permission for the San Francisco Public Golf Alliance to hold a May 19, 2012 ticketed fundraiser event on the same property where Drumming For The Frogs was planned -- with all proceeds going to the legal defense of keeping Sharp Park a golf course. This page details the event that never was. However, we will be Drumming For The Frogs in the golf course's parking lot May 19th in protest of the golf fundraiser. Please join us!
SAVE THE FROGS! invites drummers, music lovers and frog lovers of all ages to the Save The Frogs Day DRUMMING FOR THE FROGS extravaganza at San Francisco's oceanside Sharp Park. Bring your family and friends and of course your drum! Please RSVP here to help us predict attendance and keep you up to date.
This FREE inaugural event is both a celebration of amphibious life and a protest intended to raise awareness of the City of San Francisco's illegal killing of federally endangered California Red-Legged Frogs each year when they drain the wetlands to create dry land for the taxpayer-funded, money-losing Sharp Park Golf Course.
There will be hiking, guided naturalist walks, live music performances and music lessons; and educational presentations by SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and amphibian biologists from California State Polytechnic University, UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. And it's all free.
We call upon all school groups, families, scientists, musicians, hikers, birdwatchers, amphibian and reptile lovers, politicians and golfers to join us. With your support we will bring worldwide attention to the plight of Sharp Park's endangered frogs and ensure the City of San Francisco closes the money-losing, frog-killing Sharp Park Golf Course and turns the land over to its next-door neightbor the National Park Service. As the newest addition to America's national park system, the Sharp Park Wetlands would become a haven for wildlife; a hiking destination open to the many, rather than the few; would save the City of San Francisco hundreds of thousands of dollars annually; and would boost the local economy through increased ecotourism.
Please mark your calendar, sign up for our free electronic newsletter for event updates, and please spread the word!! If you would like to volunteer to promote the event or volunteer at the event, please fill out the form on our volunteers page. This is an outdoors event; please dress appropriately and bring a water bottle. Support SAVE THE FROGS! by ordering a SAVE THE FROGS! Klean Kanteen in advance.
This is the space we'll take over on Save The Frogs Day. The ocean is just over the small hill on the right side of the photo:
We encourage everybody to take a hike on the trails surrounding the Sharp Park Wetlands. There will be free, guided naturalist tours on Save The Frogs Day to learn about the area's amphibians, reptiles and birds. Bring your binoculars!
Drumming For The Frogs is as much about environmental education as it is about music. We invite all school groups, families and nature lovers to learn about and see the area's native wildlife. There will be lectures from highly respected amphibian biologists from around California, continuously from 11am - 5pm.
-- Dr. Kerry Kriger (SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist);
-- Michael Starkey (SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Chairman);
-- Tree Frog Treks Founder Chris Giorni will have live, rescued amphibians you can see up close.
If you are an amphibian biologist or conservationist and would like to speak, please contact us.
SAVE THE FROGS! volunteers and Tree Frog Treks Founder Chris Giorni will be leading free naturalist walks so you can see and learn about Sharp Park's native wildlife; the history of the area; and why it should be wildlife-friendly, free-access National Park Service land rather than a taxpayer-funded, money losing golf course that drains wetlands and kills endangered frogs -- the unfortunate current status of the land. If you are lucky you may see a California Red-Legged Frog! Walks will depart every hour on the hour from 11am-5pm, and will last one hour.
The federally endangered California Red-Legged Frogs and San Francisco Garter Snakes depend on the Sharp Park Wetlands. Please tread lightly if you approach any water bodies.
Drumming For The Frogs is all about making a big noise for amphibians and having a great time. We will have professional drummers from around the world performing and giving free drum classes so that you can learn the fundamentals of rhythm and jam out with fellow frog lovers this Save The Frogs Day. That's right, even you can learn drums and jam out on Day 1! We will have intermediate level classes as well. We'll post a list of performers soon.
We'll have a Drum Circle area as well, and we encourage people to also wander the park and find a chill place to relax and drum. Please keep your drumming at least 75 feet from any waterbody in respect of wildlife. Please also do not drum too near to the educational area. Please bring a drum and a friend, and happy drumming!
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger drumming for the frogs one autumn morning at Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park. Dr. Kriger originally moved to California to study music and will be performing on a variety of drums.
Please donate today to help fund this incredibly important Save The Frogs Day event. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Your donation helps us with promotion, coordination, and with developing educational materials. Thank you!
We will be celebrating on the entire grounds of the Sharp Park Golf Course. The course, though owned and operated by San Francisco, is located off Highway 1 in Pacifica, a 20 minute drive south of San Francisco. We will be primarily on the fairways of Holes 1, 2, 3, 10, 11 and 13. We are calling on San Francisco to halt all Sharp Park golfing activities on April 28th in observance of Save The Frogs Day and the city's illegal killing of federally endangered California Red-Legged Frogs at the site.
If you have a website or a Facebook page, please post this icon and link to http://savethefrogs.com/drums -- thanks!