Fresh out of ideas for the next school holidays? Ditch the PlayStation and go frogging with the family in the forests of New South Wales.
Earthwatch has family-friendly expeditions for kids and their parents to venture into beautiful wilderness areas to learn hands on about science and the environment. It may even inspire some budding David Attenboroughs!
Australia’s Vanishing Frogs is a conservation research project sponsored by Earthwatch, where kids (and their carers) get to trawl through creeks and wander through forests in search of endangered amphibians.
Worldwide, frog populations are plummeting, and researchers are at a loss to know why. Leading conservation biologist, Dr Michael Mahony is heading the investigation in the pristine rainforest of the Border Ranges and Watagan Mountains of New South Wales. Parents and kids are invited to join in the hunt for frogs and the collection of data that may help save them.
Volunteers will help catch and measure frogs and their particular eccentricities, including determining their sex and recording their calls. No previous experience is required – all research techniques are taught by Dr Mahony.
Australia’s Vanishing Frogs Family Discovery Weekend Team project takes place on 17th to 19th September 2010 and 15th to 17th October 2010, and costs $280 per adult and $185 per child. Maximum team size is 12 volunteers.
Earthwatch is a not-for-profit organisation that sponsors conservation research projects by enabling paying volunteers to work alongside scientists, collecting valuable research data. A significant proportion of all costs goes directly to supporting the research projects.