Precious Frog Field Trip

In the Fraser Valley, amphibian focused field trips run in the spring, when amphibians are congregating for breeding. Two field trip locations, Agassiz and Langley, are available to choose from as part of the Precious Frog outreach program.

 

Note: Classes are not able to access these sites without a Precious Frog biologist present. The biologist will have the appropriate permits, the authority to gain access to the site and direct the knowledge handling of the amphibians.

 

For Teachers

Teachers in the Fraser Valley (Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack area) can request an amphibian field trip by emailing info@preciousfrog.ca with the subject “Amphibian Field Trip Request.”

 

These field trips run in March and April. Teachers are required to have sent their inquiries in by January 31.

 

If you are interested in scheduling a field trip, here are some things to consider:

 

Cost: Field trips offered through Precious Frog are free of charge. Some funding may be available for bussing on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Length: Approximately 3-4 hours, depending on class needs.

 

Timing: Weekday during school hours (9am to 2pm).

 

Class size: No more than 35 students. Adult volunteers recommended/encouraged.

 

Cancellation: Cancellations must be made at least 10 days in advance of the field trip to reschedule. Cancellations made with less than 10 days’ notice will not be rescheduled.

 

Weather: These trips run rain or shine. Students and teachers should be prepared to face any weather that comes in March and April.

 

Activities: These activities are subject to change. More detailed field trip plans are available by contacting info@preciousfrog.ca. The following is a breakdown of a typical Precious Frog amphibian field trip:

  • Tour the wetland, learning about native and invasive species, wetland ecosystem and restoration challenges.
  • Check traps for amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Identify and discuss their significance to wetland ecosystem/species at risk.
  • Monitor the wetland for amphibian egg masses. Identify and record to determine abundance.
  • Discuss results of egg mass monitoring, including implications of wetland health, diversity and species at risk management.

 

Accessibility: The wetland field trip sites are not designed for public accessibility. As such, they are difficult to navigate for persons with accessibility challenges and disabilities. It is recommended you mention any accessibility issues your students may face in your initial inquiry, as this will affect field trip lesson planning and form design.

 

Special Needs: If students in your class have special needs, it is important to tell the Precious Frog biologist in your initial inquiry, as this will affect the field trip lesson planning and form design. Please include the nature of the special needs, challenges these students face and limitations the biologist should be aware of when planning the trip.

 

Pre-Trip Presentation: A Precious Frog biologist may be able to come to your classroom prior to the field trip for an in-class presentation. This presentation can be offered to multiple classes at once. Please note your interest in your initial inquiry.

 

What to Bring:

  • Students must bring boots to the wetland to participate in activities. Some waders will be provided to allow students to explore the wetland, but most students will be in boots.
  • Boots must be cleaned prior to wearing in the wetland to prevent the spread of invasive species and pathogens. This should be done at home prior to the field trip, and the boots should be brought in a bag (not worn to school). See the BC protocols for disinfecting field gear: https://scitech.viu.ca/sites/default/files/interimhygieneprotocols-for-amphibian-field-staff-and-researchers.pdf
  • Students should bring water, snacks, and appropriate clothing to suit the weather.

 

 

For Biologists

 

If you are a biologist interested in leading a field trip for your area, ensure you have the following:

  • Permits to handle wildlife, particularly amphibians
  • Permission to access the site
  • Permission to bring classes to the site

 

If you are interested in learning about the Precious Frog field trips, including activities, field trip forms, and post-trip projects, please contact info@preciousfrog.ca with the subject “Field Trip Resources for Biologist”.

 

As the Precious Frog field trip forms are subject to change based on location, class needs, available resources and timing, it is best to create a field trip plan that is reflective of the area you will be visiting and the needs of the students you are teaching.