Frog Fest at Leslie Science & Nature Center

Leslie Sceince & Nature Center will be hosting Frog Fest on Saturday, May 3 from 7-9p. Frog Fest is an all-ages event to celebrate spring. The event is $8/person or $30/family and has limited space, so advance registration is suggested.

Read their press release below for more information on the event:

LESLIE SCIENCE & NATURE CENTER ANNOUNCES RETURN OF POPULAR FROG FEST PROGRAM

ANN ARBOR, MI, APRIL 14, 2014 –

Leslie Science & Nature Center (LSNC) is proud to present the return of one of our most popular annual education programs, Frog Fest, on-site at LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105, on Saturday, May 3 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. This all-ages evening event is a celebration of early spring and these local amphibians, including games, hikes, and opportunities see diverse frog species.

The current long, wet spring season is expected to yield a particularly rewarding Frog Fest. The best time to look for frogs and other amphibians in the wild is when the weather and ground are wet. Visitors can anticipate that the trails used during the event will be muddy and are encouraged to wear boots or shoes that they don’t mind getting messy. As frogs love rain, weather will not be grounds for cancelation, and attendees should be sure to wear rain coats. Weather that’s pleasant for frogs can be the opposite for humans – mammals like us can get quite chilly once our skin gets wet!

The program will begin with an introduction to the frog life cycle and the differences between reptiles and amphibians, along with an overview of some of the hidden macro-invertebrates currently living in LSNC’s Black Pond and providing a food source to the pond’s frogs. Hikes into Black Pond Woods and a visit to the native and non-native frogs of LSNC’s Critter House will demonstrate the diversity of frogs around the world and better help program participants to understand the traits specific to Michigan frogs.

Black Pond, the vernal pond on the LSNC grounds, makes the site particularly rich grounds for learning about frogs and other amphibians. “Vernal” in this case refers to the pond’s seasonal nature – a vernal pond is filled by spring rain and sometimes dries up completely by the beginning of winter. As fish cannot live in a pond that is often at risk of disappearing and reappearing throughout the year, vernal ponds are safe breeding sites for a variety of animals and insects, with one less major predator to avoid while the young hatch and mature.

The trail that takes site visitors to Black Pond is about a half a mile in length and has some small hills and bumpy trail points. However, the event group will observe a slow hiking pace and will tread carefully to avoid stepping on any of the small animals we hope to observe as we move through their habitat. The program will include two hikes; one will be immediately at the start of the program and the second to close the event as the sun goes down.

Please join us for Frog Fest on Saturday, May 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105. Registration is $8 per person or $30 per family, and because event size will be limited pre-registration is encouraged at http://www.lesliesnc.org or by calling 734-997-1553.34-997-1553.

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