Conceived and coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS!, Save The Frogs Day (savethefrogs.com/day) is the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. Celebrated annually on the last Saturday of April, our staff and supporters have conducted over 1,400 Save The Frogs Day educational events in 57 countries since 2009. Our goal is to provide people with educational materials, ideas and inspiration to empower them to hold Save The Frogs Day events that educate their local communities about amphibians, raise awareness of amphibian extinctions in the general public, and inspire their fellow citizens to protect their local amphibians.
Each year Save The Frogs Day is highlighted by local and national media outlets. Save The Frogs Day has educated directly reached over 50,000 participants worldwide, and far more through social and mainstream media. Participants learn about amphibian ecology and conservation and depart with increased optimism and abilities to assist threatened amphibian species. SAVE THE FROGS! will continue organizing this incredible worldwide event each year, as it is one of the best ways to bring focus to amphibians and inspire our supporters to take action.
Since 2009, SAVE THE FROGS! has disbursed over $99,799 in grants to 47 amphibian conservationists in 16 countries (Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Estonia, Ghana, India, Liberia, Madagascar, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Paraguay, Tanzania, and the United States). We award these grants to talented conservationists who share our love of amphibians and our desire to protect them. SAVE THE FROGS! Grants contribute significantly to worldwide amphibian conservation efforts and also to the career development of the awardees. SAVE THE FROGS! Grants fall into three categories: (1) Save The Frogs Day Grants; (2) Amphibian Conservation Grants; and (3) Travel Grants.
Applicants for SAVE THE FROGS! Grants must submit a formal application following instructions and links at www.savethefrogs.com/grants. Individuals within the USA are eligible to apply for SAVE THE FROGS! Grants; outside the USA all applicants must be affiliated with a nonprofit organization that can administer the grant. Applicants must be SAVE THE FROGS! Members (membership is open to all, regardless of economic status, via the SAVE THE FROGS! Scholarships program).
The SAVE THE FROGS! Grants Committee (comprised of the Executive Director and select awardees from past years) reviews all grant request submissions, provides input to applicants and determines the winners. Grantees are announced on the SAVE THE FROGS! website; in the electronic newsletter; and through our social media channels. Grantees receive guidance from SAVE THE FROGS! staff throughout the duration of their project. Upon completion, grantees are required to provide a final report detailing their activities and successes.
Save The Frogs Day Grants
Celebrated annually on the last Saturday of April, Save The Frogs Day is the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. To ensure the success of our worldwide efforts, SAVE THE FROGS! offers Save The Frogs Day Grants to dedicated groups who are organizing Save The Frogs Day events and seeking financial assistance. To be eligible for a Save The Frogs Day Grant, applicants must have organized, registered, and reported at least one Save The Frogs Day event in the past. Save The Frogs Day Grants average $555, with larger grants being awarded to allow well-established groups to hold a series of events in their community. To date, SAVE THE FROGS! has disbursed 48 Save The Frogs Day Grants, totaling $26,648.
Amphibian Conservation Grants
SAVE THE FROGS! Amphibian Conservation Grants allow dedicated amphibian conservationists to apply for funding to support a wide variety of projects related to furthering our mission of protecting amphibian populations and promoting a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Any type of proposal that relates to the SAVE THE FROGS! mission is welcome. Examples include habitat restoration and creation; scientific research; legal advocacy and campaigning; creation of educational materials; and organizing educational events such as presentations, workshops, trainings and conferences. In all cases, applicants must demonstrate that the proposed project will result in important gains for amphibians and the worldwide amphibian conservation movement. To date, SAVE THE FROGS! has disbursed 33 Amphibian Conservation Grants, totaling $67,336 (average award size is $2,040).
SAVE THE FROGS! Travel Grants enable early career conservationists to travel to field sites, educational workshops and trainings, and professional conferences such as the SAVE THE FROGS! World Summit. Travel must be related to amphibian conservation and, if attending a conference, individuals must be active participants. To date, SAVE THE FROGS! has disbursed nine Travel Grants, totaling $5,841 (average award size is $650).
Podcasts are quickly becoming one of the most effective way for organizations to educate their communities and grow their supporter base. A podcast is like a radio program, but it can be accessed on-demand, anytime, via the web or one's smartphone. The SAVE THE FROGS! Podcast will launch in September 2019, with an initial publication schedule of two episodes per month. The podcast episodes will serve as a permanent, freely accessible archive of environmental knowledge and inspiration. We expect the podcast to become one of our primary methods of educating the worldwide amphibian conservation community. The podcast will be hosted by SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and will feature guests from around the world who will share their amphibian and environmental expertise.
Episodes will be posted on the SAVE THE FROGS! website as well as all of the major podcast distribution channels (e.g. iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud), and will be announced through our electronic newsletter (7,000+ subscribers) and social media channels (Facebook: 61,000 followers; Twitter: 7,000 followers; Instagram: 6,000 followers). The SAVE THE FROGS! Podcast will be professionally produced, and will cost $9,931 per year ($382 per episode), which will cover all recording, distribution, promotion, hosting, hardware and software costs.
SAVE THE FROGS! World Summit
The SAVE THE FROGS! World Summit brings together amphibian biologists, environmental conservationists, teachers, filmmakers, journalists and artists to raise awareness for endangered amphibians and provide attendees with numerous ways they can assist threatened wildlife and ecosystems in their own communities upon their return home. Over the course of two days, attendees get to meet and connect with other SAVE THE FROGS! supporters; hear enlightening and inspiring presentations on amphibian conservation; and attend workshops aimed at improving our ability to protect amphibian populations and succeed in our campaigns on behalf of the environment.
The inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! World Summit was held in Kumasi, Ghana in September 2016, with over 125 university students in attendance for a full day of presentations in a country where amphibian conservation efforts had essentially been absent prior to the arrival of STF! in 2011. The most recent STF! World Summit was held at the Birla Planetarium in Kolkata, India on February 8th and 9th, 2019 and was a huge success (www.savethefrogs.com/kolkata2019). Over 200 amphibian conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and the United States attended this annual event and many of the attendees went on to organize Save The Frogs Day events in their communities in April 2019.
In 2020, we will host two World Summits (one in January in India, and another in March in Bangladesh), with an attendance goal of 300 participants per summit. At each summit, there will be sessions for university students and environmental professionals, as well as a session specifically dedicated to teachers and young students invited from local schools. The approximate cost to organize each two-day event is $4,700 and includes free admission for all attendees.
SAVE THE FROGS! Ecotours serve as a powerful educational experience for members of our community (www.savethefrogs.com/ecotours). Since 2013, SAVE THE FROGS! has led 11 ecotours with a total of 122 ecotourists, introducing these frog enthusiasts to important frog habitats in Belize, Ecuador, Peru and Costa Rica. Tours average 11 days, during which time ecotourists learn from amphibian experts and local guides about ecology, ecotourism, threats to the local ecosystems and of course all about the amphibians of the area.
Highlights of the tours include: searching for poison dart frogs, red-eyed tree frogs, glass frogs, monkeys, sloths, parrots, toucans and other wildlife on nature trails in the rainforest and cloud forest; witness nesting sea turtles; learning all about amphibians, tropical rainforests, environmental conservation and how ecotourism benefits the local flora and fauna; spending time in beautiful natural areas with incredibly knowledgeable local guides; connecting with like-minded nature enthusiasts; and learning a multitude of ways in which to SAVE THE FROGS! upon returning home.
SAVE THE FROGS! Ecotours contribute tens of thousands of dollars to the local communities we visit, assisting their efforts to protect frog habitats, and helping us inspire local people and tourists to care about nature and wildlife. SAVE THE FROGS! Ecotours are conducted with an emphasis on minimizing impact to the habitats we visit, ensuring that local cultures are respected, and our SAVE THE FROGS! tour guides are Wilderness First Aid certified.
SAVE THE FROGS! Ecotours are generally attended by individuals, couples, or families, whose tour payments cover trip costs and help fund other SAVE THE FROGS! conservation activities. As ecotour costs are often outside the means of many early career conservationists, we welcome assistance from organizations who can help underwrite the cost of bringing several of our key volunteers on each tour, to further their knowledge of amphibians and their ability to spread the SAVE THE FROGS! message for many years to come.
Educational (Live) Presentations
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger has given over 400 presentations over the past decade, at universities, schools, conferences, and to community groups and government agencies across the United States and around the world, directly reaching over 22,000 attendees. Dr. Kriger's inspirational presentations educate audiences of all ages about amphibians and ways to protect them. As the leading voice of the worldwide amphibian conservation movement, Dr. Kriger will continue giving presentations at important live events to create many new STF! supporters and inspire, educate and empower attendees to take action for amphibians and the environment.
SAVE THE FROGS! Educational Materials
Environmental education is the basis of all environmental conservation. Without an educated public that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife, people will not know how or why to improve their personal ecological footprints, and governments and businesses will not feel it necessary to assist environmental efforts. SAVE THE FROGS! is proud to lead the way educating teachers and students about amphibians. We provide teachers with educational materials, ideas and inspiration so that any teacher, regardless of their area of expertise, can incorporate amphibian education into their curriculum.
SAVE THE FROGS! has produced and distributed:
14,000 print copies of SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine
4,000 print copies of The Story of SAVE THE FROGS!
2,000 print copies of The SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Book
165,000 of our 4x6” Info Cards, which detail the threats to frogs, why they are important, and ways to save them.
These and other educational materials have also been made available for digital download through the SAVE THE FROGS! website. As most public and private school systems offer little or no amphibian conservation education, these materials go a long way in ensuring that students and teachers are able to integrate amphibian education into their curriculum.
Local SAVE THE FROGS! Chapters
Well-organized groups produce more environmental successes than do individuals. As such, SAVE THE FROGS! has assisted our most dedicated volunteers in the creation of SAVE THE FROGS! Chapters. These local chapters implement our programs at the regional level, focusing on the protection of threatened amphibian species and their habitats, and educating members of their local community.
One of our most successful SAVE THE FROGS! Chapters is SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana (www.savethefrogs.com/ghana), which has become the leading amphibian conservation organization in Africa, and one of Ghana's most recognized environmental nonprofits. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's efforts have been highlighted by Sir David Attenborough and have inspired countless amphibian conservationists worldwide. While SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana began as a project of SAVE THE FROGS!, they eventually registered as a nonprofit organization officially recognized by the government of Ghana, and are now able to carry out the SAVE THE FROGS! mission independently (though we continue to work closely together).
Some of the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's successes include:
Planting over 15,000 trees to reforest habitat for the critically endangered Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua), one of the world's most endangered amphibian species. These efforts have helped double the frog's population size from 13 known individuals to 28;
Growing the number of amphibian biologists in the country from two to 18, and
Inspiring a nationwide movement to create the Atewa Hills National Park, which would protect Ghana's most biodiverse region (the Atewa Hills) from mountaintop removal bauxite mining. The Atewa Hills are home to the critically endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi), pangolins and over 700 butterfly species and serve as the primary water catchment for the Accra, the nation's capital.
We anticipate launching one new SAVE THE FROGS! Chapter per year, which we will initially fund and supervise, with a goal to have three new, fully independent and sustainable chapters by 2021. SAVE THE FROGS! will provide regular supervision to the Chapter’s executive committee and an initial salary for the chapter's President to work one day per week, every week. These chapters will succeed because they have a framework, supervision and funding. SAVE THE FROGS! Chapters will have a goal to gain financial independence and continue their missions in their local communities for many years to come.
The Core Principles listed below are those ideas and visions that SAVE THE FROGS! Chapters are expected to share and adhere to:
Chapters abide by their Constitution and by all local and national laws.
Chapters work in good faith to achieve the SAVE THE FROGS! mission and to represent SAVE THE FROGS! to their local communities in a positive light.
Chapters provide amphibian conservation and education opportunities to their members and the local community.
Chapters strive to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their organization, in order to ensure the chapter’s longevity and the accomplishment of the chapter’s goals.
The chapter does not engage in the buying or selling of amphibians.
The chapter does not collect amphibians from the wild for use as pets, food, bait, laboratory, museum specimens or zoological display unless absolutely required for conservation purposes.
SAVE THE FROGS! Art, Photo, & Poetry Contests
Amphibian populations worldwide are in the midst of a mass extinction crisis, yet most people are completely unaware! One of the best ways to garner attention is through contests such as the SAVE THE FROGS! Art, Photo, and Poetry Contests. These contests raise awareness of the amphibian extinction problem by getting people involved and interested, and by providing teachers who may have little or no amphibian experience with an easy way to get their students learning about frogs and amphibian conservation. The best submissions get used on t-shirts, stickers, books, on web pages and in social media posts to both publicize our cause and raise funds for SAVE THE FROGS! amphibian conservation efforts.
The SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest ran from 2009 to 2016, during which time we received 14,947 entries from 79 countries. The SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest ran from 2009 to 2014, during which time we received 5,209 entries from 86 countries. Our plan is to revive both contests in 2019 due to popular demand and their effectiveness in getting schools involved in amphibian conservation efforts.