posted by Tree Frog Treks! on Nov 30
So Christmas is fast approaching and one sure sign of that is the Tree Frog Treks Annual Great Cookie Exchange. It will be here at our Frog Hall space on December 15th between 5 and 9pm. Bake some of your favorite cookies, then bring them along to share with others. We will give folks a chance to meet some animals, some staff members and partake of some holiday goodies. Hope to see you there.
posted by Tree Frog Treks! on Aug 26
Nature’s Acres Autumn Open House
When Sunday September 19th, 2010, 10am-3pm
Where: 450 Sexton Road, Sebastapol
Join us as Nature’s Acres native plant nursery opens its doors to the public in preparation for and a celebration of fall. In operation for just over two years, after much work our quarter acre lot is now bursting at the seams with robust native plants! On September 19th Nature’s Acres Nursery will be holding an open house plant sale and natural history cross pollination event.
In addition, Dominik Mosur will be leading a birding field trip from nearby Bodega Bay to the nursery for those interested. Birding trip will leave from the Bodega Marine Lab at 8am.
More about Nature’s Acres
Started on an old organic apple orchard in 2008 by three childhood friends, Nature’s Acres works to produce robust Bay Area native plants.
Nature’s Acres provides a wide range of native plants for the gardener, landscaper and habitat stewards alike. Creating wildlife habitat and breathing life into the urban landscape is at the heart of Nature’s Acres mission. Our collection areas focuses on stock from San Francisco and Marin counties. Most of the original genetics were collected from private gardens and vacant lots. Located in a commercial nursery hotspot, our operation is positioned to produce quantities of native plants at competitive prices.
posted by Tree Frog Treks! on Mar 18
Thank you to everyone who attended last nights event! Frog Fest was a huge success on many levels. The evening started with a nice spread of food donated by Trader Joe’s, a few animals out being handled by our experienced naturalists, and a small silent auction. When 5:30 p.m. hit, it was standing room only! The Melees took the stage at 6:30 p.m. and helped to get the crowd pumped up and the children dancing. They did such an amazing job and are very talented. Then at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Kerry Kriger from SAVE THE FROGS gave a presentation about the importance of frogs and how we can help them. He got all of the kids excited by mimicking the noises different types of frogs make.
Flora helped to make the night a success by making a money hat which was raffled off to one lucky winner. Our silent auction was a great way to give back to those families who donated to our cause. The biggest hits at the silent auction table were Foreign Cinema, the de Young Museum, the Trader Joe’s bag with food and a Kid’s Play Night gift certificate, and a bottle of wine donated by Jonathan Tennenbaum from Bud Break Wines. At the end of the night, we raised enough money to send three kids to camp!!
Thank you to all of families, friends, teachers, employees, and vendors who came out to support our Animal Care and Scholarship Program! Frog Fest would not have been the success it was without you!!
posted by Tree Frog Treks! on Mar 1
Do you have a budding young Picasso in your family? We are looking for some new artwork for this year’s Tree Frog Treks sticker! Here are some details to make your child’s design shine:
- The drawing should be in black and white.
- The words “Tree Frog Treks” should be incorporated legibly in the design.
- The drawing should not be too detailed as it needs to look good on a 4″ sticker!
- The drawing should be science or nature themed.
If you want to have your artwork considered for our 2010 sticker, mail it to our office at: 2112 Hayes St., San Francisco, CA 94117 – ATTN: Sticker Contest
The winner will receive a “Green F.R.O.G. Family Membership”!! Please do not fold the artwork! Artwork will not be returned. Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2010. The winner will be announced in April!
posted by Tree Frog Treks! on Jan 20
An open letter from our Director, Chris Giorni also known as Mr. Science. He will be leading a talk at San Pedro Park this weekend that is open to the public. For more information, please visit our community events page.
As kids we connected to the land by osmosis. We played outdoors and took it all in by sheer accident. We lived in it on a ranch or in the country or at least we lived next to it, with vacant lots, undeveloped land and local parks only a walk or a bike ride away. We camped in it and vacationed in it. The calling frog, screeching hawk, leaping lizard, slithering snake all beckoned us to investigate deeper and deeper into the “Wild lands” surrounding our homes. They were after all “Wild” to us and for all concerned they were “Our” woods or creeks or vacant lots.
Today we must be much more deliberate about connecting to the land. The vacant lots next door may be new houses, the undeveloped lands may be shopping Malls and even the local parks may have been over run with people and the animals run out. There are still frogs calling and lizards leaping today, right here in the cities, but you need to know where to go. You are much less likely to find them by accident as I once did when I was a kid. We need to be reminded to stop, look and listen more than ever so that we can see what is right in front of us. Cell phones and iPhones pull our attention away from the sights and sounds that are right in front of us.
As the human race races on what does the future hold for frogs who call us into the woods and for lizards doing push-ups on the rocks that tempt us to catch them? In this program we will go eye to eye and toe to toe with a whole crew of creeping and crawling rescued reptiles and amphibians from Tree Frog Treks. We will talk about the importance of nearby nature and ways to adventure in it. So come on… let’s build a fort, climb a tree, hold a bug and smell the sea.
Come meet and greet rescued reptiles and amphibians.
posted by Tree Frog Treks! on Dec 9
1955 at the Horseshoe Courts in Golden Gate Park - Photo credit: www.sfhorseshoepitching.com
Every 2nd Saturday of the month, you can help to restore the Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands region of the park and the “Horseshoe Arena.” They are looking for volunteers to help in this effort by removing debris, and by planting native plants to provide for habitat.
The next official work party is on Saturday, December 12th from 10:00 – 12:30 p.m. Volunteers should meet in front of the Conservatory of Flowers.
For more information, please contact Robert Bakewell at firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-221-1137 or 415-710-9617
posted by Tree Frog Treks! on Dec 7
Drop by Tree Frog Treks on December 9th for our Annual Holiday Open House! Meet and greet our teachers, staff, and of course our creeping, crawling, slithering co-workers! Bring cookies to share or just drop by to say hello to your favorite animal ambassadors! This is a FREE all ages event and open to the public.
Event hours: 5:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: Tree Frog Treks – Frog Hall (2114 Hayes St., San Francisco, CA 94117)
For more information please visit www.treefrogtreks.com or call 415-876-3764
posted by Tree Frog Treks! on Dec 4
Today our campers learned all about islands and island life. They learned how islands are made, where birds stop on their migration breaks, and where giant sea turtles go to lay their eggs once a year. They played “bird beak buffet” where the campers use different beak like objects (tweezers, tongs, etc) to pick up smaller objects like seeds, gummy worms, and raisins. They also made “play-dough crazy critters” to demonstrate how animals adapt to island life. In addition, Can-do Andrew and Super Suiho led the campers on a hike to Golden Gate Park where they searched for insects and learned about their adaptations.
Today was the campers last day of camp. We had such a great time and hope your kids did too!! Please note, that we still have some space in our Winter Camp and our Spring Camp if your little ones can’t get enough of Tree Frog Treks.
posted by Tree Frog Treks! on Dec 3
Did you know that the largest, tallest, and fastest land animals on Earth make their home on the Savannah?
Today the campers learned all about the African Savannah and what makes it so special. They learned how animals use camouflage to protect themselves and to blend with their surroundings, and how animals eat, graze, and chase in the wild. The campers made elephants by using a cd and adding ears and trucks made from paper or other materials. They also made miniture models of various wildlife found in the Savannah and how they live, hunt, and eat. In addition, they played a racing game where they were either zebras or cheetahs.
Want to see more photos for this week’s camp, please visit our Flickr Page.
Are your children enjoying camp this week? Please feel free to comment on this post to give us some feedback.
posted by Tree Frog Treks! on Dec 2
Today the campers learned all about deserts and desert life! They learned about the Saguaro Cactus and how animals such as the woodpecker, purple martins, and house finches live inside it. To help illustrate this idea, they made a cactus with windows art project. They also played the game “fox vs. hares” and “sidewinder and kangaroo” to demonstrate the types of animals you might find in the desert and to explain their food chains. Today, they met Ivan the Sulcata Tortoise, Digger the Sand Boa, and Tiki the Bearded Dragon.
Tomorrow’s theme is “Exploring the African Savannah.”