Schools Leap into Action for Frogs

“I have mud EVERYWHERE!” claimed one learner from Cowan House during the search for frogs in their school wetland. This year on the 28th of February, around the country, schools took part in an initiative to take action for Frogs, some of our less understood, and sometimes disliked species. The initiative was started by Jeanne Terrant of the EWT’s Threatened Amphibian Programme, who noted that: “Frogs often go unnoticed; bigger, more impressive animals like rhinos and elephants get more media attention, but frogs are invaluable parts of our ecosystem and are indicators of the state of the environment.” Local learners got involved in a variety of different ways: kids at Hilton Pre-primary feasted on froggy cupcakes, and learnt about tadpoles and the lifecycle of frogs; all the grade 2’s, their parents and the borders from Cowan House Prep enjoyed a picnic and then sloshed around in their school’s newly rehabilitated wetland to see what species they could find; girls from St Anne’s Diocesan College braved getting dirty and surveyed their wetland, they plan to continue the monitoring and are inviting Hilton College to join them. These activities all form part of each school’s action projects to obtain their Eco-Schools status as part of the international Eco-Schools programme run by WESSA in South Africa. “We never realised that frogs could be so interesting!” exclaimed Jennifer Forrest, a teacher at St Anne’s, “thank-you Eco-Schools and EWT for introducing us to a world we’ve never noticed before.”

If you would like more information on the WESSA Eco-Schools programme or Leap for Frogs Day, please contact Charlene Russell at kznecoschools@wessa.co.za

EcoSchools St Anne's frogging - next to the wetland they have been rehabilitating - resized

EcoSchools St Anne's frogging - with Laddsworth  Primary kids - resized

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