On April 27, 2013, for the 3rd year in a row, Tampa Bay area’s Save The Frogs Day offered attendees the opportunity to get a Frog Passport and make the rounds, playing games and doing activities that helped them understand the importance of frogs to our world. Learning about challenges that frogs face, as well as solutions ordinary people can do to help, served as a reminder that helping frogs means helping the environment, both locally and globally. 87 participants enjoyed activities such as Stamp Out the Threats to Frogs, learning about frog saving tools, going on one of Avalon’s “frog listening hikes,” and the 2nd annual Human Frog Chorus that took place just before the prize drawing for donated prizes. Thanks to a Disney Friends for Change grant, a new focus for our event this year was service opportunities for youth attendees, which will allow for even further amphibian conservation reach. Options offered were habitat clean-up, Care Cans, pledging to take action to help frogs, and croaking for amphibian conservation awareness. Youth volunteers also assembled 20 treefrog house kits for educators, which will allow classrooms and groups to monitor treefrog and invasive species activity. An awesome addition this year was the Save the Frogs Day Package for Event Organizers, which we received from SAVE THE FROGS! as a result of a generous grant they received.
Funding and/or support for the Tampa Bay Area Save the Frogs Day 2013 event was provided by grants from SAVE THE FROGS!, Disney Friends for Change Grant, Camp Bayou and Greening Forward Earth Savers Club Challenge. This event was also a Global Youth Service Day, and “Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) Play. Serve. Celebrate. Children & Nature Network” inspired initiative.