Students ‘save’ frogs and learn about native and beneficial plants for the Victoria Region

Cathedral College, VIC

Students planting native seedlings to create a frog habitat

To kick-start the frog saving mission, a year 6 student went on a ‘river health’ excursion with the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) to research the natural qualities required to support a frog population in an area near Victoria’s Cathedral College.

From there the Junior Landcarers learnt about the life cycle of a frog and identified native plants that would attract the green amphibians and support them on their journey from spawn to tadpole and all the way to healthy frogs.

The team also researched which native aquatic and ground plants would be best for the local North East Victoria area. This research gave the students a good understanding of the many, local frog species as well as fish types that would support the habitat and bring life to the pond.

With the support of the Westpac Junior Landcare grant, the student frog-carers developed a pond of their own and located it at an existing dam. To protect the pond, and for the safety of the volunteers working on the site, a fence was built around the habitat. Rocks and gravel was laid to create observation points and 440 plants were planted including trees, grasses and shrubs.

This project achieved its aim of increased biodiversity in the area leading to a healthy, hopping frog population. As a result of their great work, the students involved were awarded with Westpac Junior Sustainability Leader Certificates which were presented to them as part of the school’s 2010 Sustainability Week.