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Observe Frogs

Finding frogs in a nearby pond, and observing them through their life cycle, is fascinating scientific fun.

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  • Frog and toad field guide (optional)
  • Small net for catching frogs and tadpoles (optional)
  • Plastic container for holding frogs and tadpoles (optional)
  • Sketchbook (optional)
  • Drawing supplies (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
Listen for frogs in spring.

In fact, April is National Frog Month. Ready for some froggy adventures? Let's hop to it!

In spring, male frogs call for females to be their mates.


Sneak close to the frogs.

Hearing frogs is easy, but, if you want to see frogs, you have to be sly.

  • Quietly approach a place where you've heard frogs calling.
  • If the frogs sense you coming, they'll each jump into the water with a splash.
  • But if you stay still, they'll probably pop back up in a few minutes.
  • Then you can get a good look.

Once you find a place with lots of frogs, visit often during the spring and summer.

All that calling is about one thing: making more frogs.

  • So be sure to look for eggs and tadpoles, too.
  • First you'll see jelly-like clumps of eggs in the water.
  • Later, look for little tadpoles swimming around.
  • Come back every few days and you can watch as the tadpoles lose their tails, grow legs, and leap away as adult frogs!

Draw pictures of frogs, or record their songs.

With your sketchpad, you can draw a frog. This one is sitting right on her sketch pad paper! Generally, you should not touch wildlife, but this one got very comfortable with us!

You can also record the frog's songs with your camera on a video setting.


Report your frog sightings at our Wildlife Watch website.

Visit Wildlife Watch and report which frogs you see!

You may grow attached to the frogs that live in your nearby pond. Our family took photos of them and shared them with our school classmates and workmates. Here's one of our favorite photos of a spring peeper calling for a mate.


Appreciate healthy ponds and wetlands.
The frogs and toads put on a great show, but also stay aware of the many amazing plants in your frogs' home. This turtlehead flower was a beautiful sight on the shores of our pond.
Enjoy our many frog resources.

National Wildlife Federation has many crafts and recipes with a frog theme, so if your family gets into observing frogs, you can extend that fun!

  • Big Backyard Amphibian and Reptile Crafts
  • Frog Guacamole - This is a frog made from an avocado. No frogs are harmed in the making of this snack.
  • Ranger Rick Frog Facts
  • Tree Frog Game 

For teachers, we have this Call of the Wild lesson plan about frog calls and the frog life cycle.

We also recommend Save the Frogs Day.

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