Saving amphibians can start in your own backyard.
The alluring sight and sound of water in the home landscape has made water gardening one of the fastest growing segments of home gardening. Millions of people are enjoying ornamental ponds and watercourses at their homes at a time when frogs, toads, and other amphibians are facing declines due to loss of breeding habitat. Tree Walkers International has launched Operation Frog Pond (OFP) to put the popularity of home water gardening to work for amphibian conservation.
The goal of OFP is to create high quality habitat for amphibians where they need it most by promoting the establishment of amphibian-friendly ornamental ponds and wetlands.
To help accomplish this, OFP offers small grants to schools, community groups, and neighborhood coalitions to aid in the purchase of materials and construction of amphibian-friendly ponds. These projects not only provide much needed breeding habitat for area amphibians, but also become outdoor classrooms that allow students experiential learning opportunities.
For those who already have the means and materials to get started, our building guide (see right) provides the information necessary to create a habitat that will be conducive for a majority of species to use as a breeding pool. Once built, feel free to send us images of the final project and we may include it in our gallery of OFP projects!
Ways to Participate:
POND BUILDING GUIDE - Create your own frog pond using our guide for amphibian-friendly water features.
OFP GALLERY - From rural pastures to urban condo lots, check out the amazing habitats OFP participants have created for amphibians.
SCHOOLYARD POND PROGRAM - Whether you're a student, teacher or parent, apply for a grant and create an outdoor classroom at your school.
AMPHIBIAN CONSERVATION ASSESSMENT - How are amphibians doing in your area? Check out this report to see which areas of the U.S. and Canada need the most help.