Dear SAVE THE FROGS! Supporter,
I am extremely excited to tell you about one of the largest initiatives we have undertaken, the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center in Berkeley, California.
With your help, we can raise the $50,000 we need to turn what is currently an empty space into a world-class facility for educating thousands of people about amphibians, enabling us to significantly grow our movement and empower the next generation of amphibian conservationists. Since our beginnings in 2008, SAVE THE FROGS! has never had our own space where we could educate the public about frogs. It is time we metamorphose and place ourselves directly in the public view! The SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center will provide us exactly such an opportunity. The Education Center will serve as a space to hold educational presentations, classes and workshops; it is located on a major street and will help us attract many new supporters; and it will enable us to increase our annual revenues as we will finally have a physical location at which to sell our eco-friendly merchandise. Perhaps one day there will be SAVE THE FROGS! Education Centers in major cities around the country! But we need your help to get this first location started and turn our vision into a reality! We can only do this with your support.
Please donate to SAVE THE FROGS! and help us raise the $50,000 we need to fund the first year of the Education Center and ensure we can open our doors to the public in February 2014!
Everyone who donates $50 or more will have their name listed in the Thank You section of the Education Center webpage, and will receive a free Story of SAVE THE FROGS! book -- which is not available elsewhere. Donations are tax-deductible. We'll keep a tally of donations atop http://savethefrogs.com/education-center and update it daily through the end of the year. Thank you for your generous support and for helping us reach our goal by December 31st!
Take The Tour
Here's the view looking towards the back. Along the back of the left wall we will build a stage for presentations and set up a permanent data projector. The front half of the left wall will be an area to display and sell SAVE THE FROGS! shirts and posters. The right half of the back portion of the room will have a seating area where frog lovers can relax and read through some of the amphibious books that will be on the bookshelf. Framed frog artwill hang from the wooden area that runs along the bottom of the mezzanine. The mezzanine area upstairs is our office, otherwise known as SAVE THE FROGS World Headquarters!
Here's the view looking towards the front. This is the view looking out towards the street. We'll cover the upper half of that left wall with a large colorful frog mural. We will build a long shelf that runs along the wall, which will have an Action Center dedicated to petitions, donations and memberships; and an area all about our local, national and international programs and campaigns. Above the shelf we will have posters, photos and flyers relevant to whatever is being highlighted on the shelf below. We will have colorful window displays to lure passersby in, and the middle of the floor will have a variety of our eco-friendly merchandise on display.
Here's our office, upstairs. We've already moved SAVE THE FROGS! World Headquarters into the upstairs mezzanine area, which overlooks the Education Center. it's all in the same room, making it easy for our staff and volunteers to communicate whether they are in the office or on the floor. Plus, it reduces our commute time and carbon footprint!
Here's the street view. This is the outside of the soon to be SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center. We'll remove the old tenants' signage and have plenty of space to promote SAVE THE FROGS! and catch the eyes of any frog lovers who drive, walk or bicycle by! On top of large window decals, we will have a large backlit savethefrogs.com sign going across the area above the windows.
Meet our neighbors!
One of the reasons we were initially drawn to this location is our awesome neighbors: The Sierra Club, The Ecology Center, Golden Gate Audubon Society and several other nonprofits. We have already spoken at the Sierra Club and we look forward to networking, brainstorming and collaborating with all the wonderful people who work in this complex.
How we will use your donation
Your donation will enable us to pay for chairs; signage; tables; shelves; a bookshelf; books; a cash register system; cabinets; electronics; stage; a mount for our digital projector; paint for the floor; walls and frog mural; a sofa; carpet; framing materials; live plants; rent and merchandise. In short, everything we need to have a visually pleasing space with all the tools we need to effectively educate people about amphibians! Today is Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving. Please give to SAVE THE FROGS! and help make us turn the Education Center into a reality!
Events we plan to hold at the Education Center
We plan to hold lots of events at the Education Center. Here are some of our ideas:
- Regular presentations by docents, staff and guest presenters.
- SAVE THE FROGS! Academy weekly class where students and volunteers learn about and take an active role in our current programs and campaigns.
- SAVE THE FROGS! Kids Classes and After School Camp that will have classroom and field components.
- Frog Art Classes where we teach people how to make great frog art, increasing their interests and skills in both art and the environment.
- Frog Art Shows where we auction off the fabulous frog art we receive in our SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest.
- Frog Poetry Recitals: it's Berkeley, anything goes!
- Flat screen TV playing SAVE THE FROGS! or other environmental films during a dedicated movie hour.
- Environmental benefit concerts featuring Berkeley's world-class musicians. These will draw in many people who would not otherwise have ended up in the Education Center.
- Drumming For The Frogs: Monthly drum lessons, another way to reach out to a crowd that may not otherwise have come across SAVE THE FROGS!
- Frog-themed birthday parties
Thank you for donating and helping to make all this possible!
Berkeley is a well known, international city with a world-reknowned university and a history of environmental activism. We will benefit from and contribute to a community that is on the cutting-edge of environmental action. The SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center will be located at 2524 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702, right across the Bay from San Francisco.
Please vote for SAVE THE FROGS!
Please take 15 seconds right now to VOTE FOR SAVE THE FROGS! and help us win $20,000 from Sungevity, the solar panel company! We are currently in second place and your vote is incredibly important! Voting is open to USA residents only, and goes through December 11th.
Free mp3s: Save The Frogs on Santa Cruz Radio and live in North Carolina
Please download this free mp3 of my 30-minute radio interview from KZSC 88.1FM Santa Cruz Radio in which I discuss dissections, amphibian diseases, pesticides, frog legs and a whole lot more. And listen to this mp3 of me teaching the 3rd graders of Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC to make frog calls.
This is a red-eyed treefrog (Agalychnis callidryas) I found on our SAVE THE FROGS! Belize Eco-Tour. The photo was blurry so I ran him through Photoshop to make this cool frog art.
Thank you for helping us turn an empty space in Berkeley into the center of the frog saving world!
Dr. Kerry Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
I've done my time on the streets! Thank you for your donation, which wil help ensure we can open the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center, a much more suitable location for doing what we do better than anybody - saving the frogs! Thank you!