Tahoe Kindergarten Students Work to Save the Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog

Have you ever wondered, “What can I do to help the Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog survive?” If you haven’t, then let the Kindergarten crew at TEA tell you why you should.

Throughout the “It’s a Froggy Life, The True Story of the Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog” learning expedition, the students become experts on this endangered local frog species and learn the steps we can all take to help these frogs survive.

But before they become experts on the Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog (SNYLF), they first learn how to think like real-life biologists. They learn what encompasses the living world around them, what a living thing is, and how it survives. They learn how watching and wondering about living things makes them a biologist. Through teachings from our very own expert on frogs, Miss Rosie, and lessons from visiting aquatic biologists from the U.S. Forest Service, students learn how to properly observe and record their findings.

With an understanding of the work biologists do, the students next dive deep into the amphibian world to become herpetologists. Students learn how the SNYLF breathes, eats, moves, and reproduces in its native Tahoe habitat. They also learn what threats the SNYLF is facing as well as how that threat is connected to endangered frog species around the world. Students are introduced to other frog species to expand their wonder of the species and why we must protect them. They also dive deep into understanding how and why animals have gone extinct in the past and how and why animals are currently becoming endangered species.

Stinson Beach serves as a jumping off point for numerous learning adventures at Tahoe Expedition Academy.

Every week the budding biologists and herpetologists venture into nature to explore and look for frogs. These field studies foster connections and desires to take care of and respect the earth. From cross country ski adventures to the Frog Bog in Tahoe City to overnight trips to Stinson Beach and UC Berkeley, students learn directly from real-life experts about how these living things are connected to a bigger picture of stewardship.

Every week the budding biologists and herpetologists venture into nature to explore and look for frogs. These field studies foster connections and desires to take care of and respect the earth. From cross country ski adventures to the Frog Bog in Tahoe City to overnight trips to Stinson Beach and UC Berkeley, students learn directly from real-life experts about how these living things are connected to a bigger picture of stewardship.

For more information on the annual Native Species Festival in South Lake Tahoe, contact Jean Norman at (530) 543-2694 or visit this website.