Frogs & Toads: Nature-Based Learning

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As we head towards a New England summer, spring in Western MA can be very engaging to the senses. This week, take inventory through your senses and notice what’s “speaking” to you. As we move through the final weeks of spring, notice what you observe through your senses and how your observations might change and evolve. Our sense of place is interwoven with the seasons and our five senses, deepening our connection to place through seasonal changes. Embedded within this awareness are self-directed learning opportunities that are sparked by curiosity and supported by community-based resources. Native species are a community-based resource that can deliver lessons through our senses.

Take, for instance, deep listening to the frogs and toads native to Western MA. Have you ever noticed how their chorus changes through the season? How they are quiet on some evenings and very noisy on others? Pay attention to their chorus (or lack of) and let it guide your learning! It’s a great way to support interests and education in herpetology, biology, and ecology. Start by learning the calls of different native frogs in your region in our post, “Nature-Based Learning: Spring Chorus of Frogs & Toads.” And check out this video to learn about the difference between a frog and a toad.


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