Nothing makes my children feel prouder than finding a new “pet.” Getting an A+ on a math test? Eh, okay. Finishing up another year of school? That’s fine. Scoring the biggest, fattest frog from the sandbox? Hallelujah! Alert the media! Get some photos of this monumental moment! I love to see the pride on their faces as their muddy fingers hold up buckets filled with loot. You would think they must be buckets of gold or precious gems, but nope, just snails, salamanders, and frogs. How can a perfect report card compete with that?

If your kids are like mine and enjoy hunting some of nature’s slimiest creatures, Pocono Environmental Education Center has you covered. With events like Bug Exploration, EcoZone Discovery, various hikes, and nature walks, your kids will get to learn about all the creatures living in their backyard. The most exciting event of all (according to my children) is PEEC’s summer Frog Frolics – guaranteed to be a ribbiting time!

On Saturdays, June 8th and 30th, from 1pm – 3pm, spend the afternoon with the PEEC team in their ponds and streams to learn about frogs. Wear your boots and plan to get muddy as you gently catch and release these hopping amphibians. Upon arrival, PEEC members will take you up to one of their ponds and begin searching along the sides with dip nets. Typically, you’ll catch a whole bunch of critters, including dragonfly nymphs, tadpoles, snails, damselfly nymphs, red-spotted salamanders, and the occasional adult green frog. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a few that are more tricky to find.

The main goal of the program is to let everyone explore and get hands-on experience with the animals living in our ponds and streams. Everything is returned to the pond at the end of the program in a safe manner for the critters. Throughout the experience, you will learn how to identify all the animals and how they interact with each other, like who eats who. The PEEC staff will discuss how the water quality and pollution can affect the little ones in the ponds. You’ll also learn some weird and random facts about the animals, like how dragonfly nymphs can shoot out water out of their rear ends, like a jet, to move around!

Pocono Environmental Education Center is committed to advancing environmental education, sustainable living, and appreciation for nature through hands-on experience in a national park. PEEC is located within the 77,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area along the Delaware River. For more information on PEEC’s programs, visit their website at www.peec.org, and join their email list to stay up-to-date on upcoming events and programs.

PEEC
538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA
(570) 828-2319
www.peec.org