Amphibian Week 2020

International Amphibian Week

Amphibian Week Purpose

To promote the importance of amphibians and the partnerships formed to implement amphibian conservation actions to address the ongoing global amphibian crisis.

May 2 – 8, 2021

Second, Annual, International Amphibian Week

2021 Virtual Amphibian Week Activities and Events

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June 1-7, 2020

First, Annual, International Amphibian Week

2020 Virtual Amphibian Week Activities and Events

Monday, June 1: What Are Amphibians?

Event: Meet-an-Amphibian Live Webinar
Time: 12:00 – 12:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (UTC-04:00)
Sponsor: Smithsonian National Zoo
Details: Calling all amphibian fans! To kick off International Amphibian Week, hop in to a virtual meet-an-amphibian, hosted live from Zoo’s Reptile Discovery Center. In this webinar, students and animal lovers of all ages can learn about amphibians, meet some of the Zoo’s ambassador animals and have their amphibian curiosities answered. 

Event: Amphibians: Nature’s Hidden Secret
Time: 12:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time / 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (UTC-04:00)
Sponsors:  U.S. Forest Service, Agents of Discovery, and Wonders of Wildlife
Details: Dr. Dede Olson, a Supervisory Research Ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service and leader in PARC will be speaking with Misty Mitchell, Director of Education from Wonders of Wildlife will join the Agents of Discovery to take you on a journey through the life cycle of amphibians and their role in environment! 

Event: Jumping Frog Origami
Time: 4:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (UTC-04:00)
Sponsors: Allida Warn of Adventurous Art, PARC, ARC
Details:  Using recycled materials or card stock as paper with, crayons, markers, and other easily available materials for decoration, participants can join this interactive forum to learn to fold a jumping frog, and use photos and biological drawings to make their frog look like an existing species and invent their own.
Bumblebee Toad Web Journal
How to Make an Origami Jumping Frog Video Tutorial

Tuesday, June 2: The Secret Lives of Amphibians

Wednesday, June 3: Amazing Amphibian Facts

Event: Amazing Amphibians Educator Webinar
Time: 2:00 pm Mountain Standard Time (Arizona, UTC-07:00)
Sponsor: Arizona Game and Fish Department
Details:  Amphibians will be the focus in the first of a series of webinars designed specifically for educators to help bring wildlife concepts into your classroom.

Thursday, June 4: Threats to Amphibians

Event: Live Q&A with Dr. Brian Gratwicke
Time: Postponed. To Be Determined.
Sponsors: Smithsonian National Zoo
Details:  Stories about frogs don’t always end with “happily ever after.” But, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientist Dr. Brian Gratwicke is working to rewrite frogs’ fate against a deadly foe: the amphibianchytrid fungus.  Join Dr. Gratwicke for a live Q &A Session and learn about his work in amphibian conservation. 

Event: Lighting Lanterns for Amphibians
Time: June 4 (all day)
Sponsors: Nina McDonnell, PARC, ARC
Details:  Join us in lighting lanterns to raise awareness about the global amphibian crisis. Follow along with the video to make a lantern for a species you care about, then shine a light on amphibians in need by posting a picture of it illuminated on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  In the caption, share one threat facing your species or amphibians worldwide.
Supply List
Amphibian Lantern Stencils
Amphibian Lantern Video

Friday, June 5: Amphibian Tweets from the Field

Event: Watercoloring Wildlife: San Martin Fringe-limbed Treefrog
Time: 5:00-6:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (UTC-04:00)
Sponsor: Matt Patterson of Stoneridge Art Studios
Details:  Join Matt for a 1-hour session walking you through using watercolors to paint a portrait of a San Martin Fringe-limbed Treefrog.  See the supply list below for basic supplies and to download and print a sketch of a San Martin Fringe-limbed Treefrog.
Supply List
San Martin Fringe-limbed Treefrog Printout

Saturday, June 6: Partnering for Amphibian Conservation

Sunday, June 7: Actions for Amphibians

Event: “Amphibian Ally” T-shirt Decorating 
Time: June 7 (all day)
Sponsors: Nina McDonnell, PARC, ARC
Details:  Looking for more ways to spread the word about amphibian conservation? Decorate an “Amphibian Ally” t-shirt for yourself, or bandana for your pet!  Watch the video to learn the basics of fabric decoration and tricks for making apparel that will start a conversation about amphibians.  
Supply List
Amphibian Stencils
Link to video

Get Social During #AmphibianWeek

Join the movement on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram June 1-7, 2020. All week we’ll be sharing information about amphibians, how important they are, the threats they face, and how you can help them. Always use #AmphibianWeek, and some other fun hashtags to use include #LeaveTheLeaves, #AmphibianAlly and #AmphibianArt.

Click here for more Social Media guidance and accounts to follow!

Get Involved

We compiled just a few resources available on the web that might help you get involved with Amphibian Week. You can also try searching Frog or Salamander Crafts, create amphibian friendly habitat in your yard, look up your local or state wildlife management agency and see what local information they have on amphibians, or step outside and practice frog calls. Don’t forget to share how you are celebrating Amphibian Week with #AmphibianWeek


Check Out Our Partners

We appreciate all the support our partners have provided to help grow Amphibian Week. Check out what they’re up to celebrate Amphibian Week:

Amphibian Survival Alliance

A special Thank You goes to Mikaela Oles of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Mark Mandica and Lacey Avery of the Amphibian Foundation for their collaborative work in creating the Amphibian Week logo!!