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Save The Frogs Day: April 25th, 2015

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Re-Frogging America:
Clifford School in Redwood City, CA

Re-Frogging America Homepage | Wetland Construction Workshops | Thank You To These Donors

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Building wetlands at schools is a fantastic way to provide habitat for amphibians and to educate students and teachers about the value of wetlands and wildlife. The Clifford School is a public school in Redwood City, California. Several decades ago a construction crew dug a ditch to drain the wetlands behind the school. In May 2014, SAVE THE FROGS! surveyed the site and designed a series of wetlands to restore the drainage ditch. On November 30th and December 1st, 2015, we built the six wetlands with the help of over 700 students, teachers, scientists and community members. Our goal was to restore the wetlands and to provide quality habitat for the Pacific Chorus Frogs in the area, as well as environmental education and outdoor experiences for the next generation of frog conservationists.

"Thank you for the update and photos of the pond digging at Clifford School. It is this kind of educational, conservation and character-building experience that the children will never forget. I do appreciate getting notification of this project through your Save The Frogs newsletter last Wednesday."
-- Nancy McDougal


My favorite moment was the second day at the Clifford School in Redwood City, California, when 200 kids joined us during their lunch break, not because they had to, but just because they enjoyed helping us out. I encourage you to watch this short video, which I think summarizes the entire SAVE THE FROGS! movement pretty well. In the video, students are digging wetlands, compacting soil to restore an eroding hillside, and generally having a great time.

"Hi Kerry, I love that video and all the excitement of those kids! Congratulations!"
-- Chris Palmer, Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, American University School of Communication

"Hi Kerry and Kathlyn,
I enjoyed working with you to design and build wetlands this week. Because of your dedication we were able to build a large number of wetlands and provide instruction to many individuals on how they can help frogs by building wetlands."
- Tom Biebighauser, Center for Wetland & Stream Restoration

"I love seeing kids learn the responsibilities of stewardship first hand."
- Rochelle Owen

"Thanks for the essential work you do worldwide."
-- Nancy Gelb, who donated to our Clifford School wetland efforts

"Amazing!!!! I can't believe we were there! It was like the most awesome stadium rock concert/backstage pass times a million kind of thing! We were there!"
-- Clifford School Teacher & Wetland Proponent Gwen Minor

Thanks to all our wetland funders!
Many groups ave funded our wetland efforts over the past two years, including:

LUSH Handmade Cosmetics
Nature's Path Envirokidz Cereal
NWF California
Green Kids Now
Norcross Wildlife Foundation
Amphibian & Reptile Conservancy
And of course many SAVE THE FROGS! members and donors.

One of the last steps in building a wetland is to spread seed and to cover the seeds with weed-free straw. The plants that grow from the seeds prevent erosion and the straw assists the seed in growing:

"Hello! I just wanted to thank you all for letting me help build the wetlands and for teaching me lots of cool and useful things! Definitely the highlight of my birthday! I hope to build wetlands with you guys soon! Thanks again, Amanda Cooper"

If every student took a month each summer to build wetlands and Re-Frog America, we would have a lot more physically fit students, a lot more wildlife and a much more aesthetically pleasing landscape.

Lauren McNulty from Bay Nature interviewing wetland expert Tom Biebighauser:

With the students teachers, and principal of Clifford School, and wetland expert Tom Biebighauser.

The Clifford School is a public school in Redwood City, CA, surrounded by suburbs. Behind the school is a large grassy area that was once a wetland. We have surveyed this site and with your help we will turn a drainage ditch at the edge of this field into a series of five small wetlands. We will also create a a beautiful 26' x 30' wetland on the hill above the school. These six wetlands will create habitat for frogs and other wildlife, and educational opportunities for students and teachers. We will incorporate the students into the construction of the wetlands, which would be completed in two days, introducing hundreds of students to the wonders of nature and the value of wildlife. You can download our wetland design report for the five small wetlands here and for the large wetland here.

"Hello! I just wanted to thank you all for letting me help build the wetlands and for teaching me lots of cool and useful things! Definitely the highlight of my birthday! I hope to build wetlands with you guys soon!
Thanks again, Amanda Cooper"

Please watch this video about the project:

The Clifford School's field was once a wetland. In the foreground is the drainage ditch that occasionally fills with water and serves as habitat for Pacific Chorus Frogs. We will construct 5 small wetlands here of various depths so that the drainage ditch holds water for longer and provides a variety of habitats for frogs and other wildlife. The students recently built the frog pond observation deck you see here:

On May 27th, 2011 SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger spoke to hundreds of Clifford Elementary School students about frog conservation. Let's build these kids a wetland!


Thank you to Pavan Raj Gowda and Green Kids Now for contributing $4,400 to the Clifford Elementary School wetland restoration project!

"On behalf of everyone from Green Kids Now who have helped for the past one year to raise funds for this wetlands restoration project, I would like to thank Clifford school for this great opportunity to restore the land near their school. Also, it is great to partner with Save The Frogs on this noble cause of restoring natural habitat. Let's continue to be part of the solution. Together everything is possible! Let's Save Our Planet!"
— Pavan Raj Gowda

Thank You to these amazing donors!

Thanks to these donors for helping to make this wetland a reality!

-- LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
-- Cabrillo Host Lions Club of Aptos
-- Nature's Path Envirokidz Cereal
-- FrogTape
-- Amphibian & Reptile Conservancy
-- New Leaf Community Markets

Thanks to our partners the National Wildlife Federation for contributing $500 to this project!

Thanks to Pavan Raj Gowda of Green Kids Now for raising $4,400 for this project and coming to the school to educate the kids about climate change!