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Learn about native frogs, toads and salamanders – and even make a “toad abode” to place on your property – during free “Leap into Conservation” workshops. The Aquarium is partnering with the Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton to host these special workshops, which will introduce participants to the amphibian species of Connecticut, amphibian population trends, their ecological importance and more. Activities for young conservationists will include stories, frog jumps and life-cycle matching games. And everyone can use shells, sticks, bark and other natural materials to make a “toad abode” – a shelter for frogs and toads – to take home to their property. The two-hour workshops will be offered at 9 a.m. and noon. Plus, from 3 to 5 p.m., a training will be held for anyone wanting to volunteer with “Frog Watch USA,” which asks citizen scientists to commit to listening for, identifying and reporting frog sounds at neighborhood ponds, streams and wetlands. All of the workshops are free. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Aquarium admission before or after a workshop is optional. Space in all workshops is limited. Advance registration is strongly recommended. The “Leap into Conservation” workshops are offered as The Maritime Aquarium’s participation this year in the Association of Zoos & Aquarium’s annual “Party for the Planet” initiative.
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