The Citizen Science Academy, hosted by the Chicago Botanic Garden, provides online professional development resources for educators in order to support the effective implementation of Citizen Science projects and activities that focus on ecology and environmental sciences. In CSA520 - Introduction to Citizen Science: Explorations in Educational Settings, participants will become familiar with five successful Citizen Science projects, including FrogWatch USA; each of which is especially suited to both formal and informal education settings. This is a 30-day self-directed course with suggested Unit deadlines which will be completed with a cohort of other educators. Participants also have the option to sign up for graduate level continuing education credits from Colorado School of Mines.
From 2010-2015, AZA partnered with the National Geographic Society (NGS) on an Informal Science Education award from the National Science Foundation. In this project, NGS developed and evaluated a web-based software platform called FieldScope to support citizen science projects involving geographic data, thereby helping the public engage in scientific research about the world around them. This award helped make FrogWatch USA a more collaborative citizen science program, where data are now freely accessible via an engaging online interface. The award also supported the growth of the chapter network, which has both increased data quality and quantity while improving the volunteer experience.
FrogWatch USA and the Saint Louis Zoo are both featured in the "Frog Whisperers" episode of PBS KIDS' 2015 SciGirls, an Emmy Award-winning television and online series that encourages youth - particularly middle school-aged girls - to pursue studies and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This season of SciGirls was funded by the National Science Foundation and produced by Twin Cities Public Television, in St. Paul, MN. Be inspired by these incredible young women and join them as a FrogWatch USA citizen scientist!
AZA Commercial Member K & M International, home of the Wild Republic brand and the exclusive AZA licensed toy line, is a supporter of AZA and FrogWatch USA, and has created a line of frog and toad stuffed animals that make authentic frog calls when squeezed. These cuddly plushes are realistically portrayed down to unique features like skin patterns and colors. They are fun educational products best suited for ages 7 and up. Collect all eight!