Franklin Park Zoo and the Frog Pond Host 1st annual Frog Appreciation Day

Free event on August 20 will feature fun for the whole family, educational activities, music, and all things Frog

Boston, MA—The Boston Common Frog Pond is partnering with Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo to create the first annual Frog Appreciation Day, on Saturday, August 20, 10am to 2pm.  Frog Appreciation Day is a free, entertaining family-friendly event aimed at educating young people about frogs both in our area and around the world, and heightening awareness of the importance of protecting animal habitats.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Frog Pond on this event,” said Carol Thistle, Director of Marketing at Zoo New England.  “In addition to fun frog-themed games and activities, we hope to raise awareness about the global plight of amphibians.  Kids will learn cool frog facts and how they can help save frogs in their own neighborhoods.”

Frog Appreciation Day is the latest in a series of activities held at the Frog Pond this summer, all meant to enhance any visit to this summer oasis on the Common.  In store for participants will be an interactive presentation from Zoo New England’s Educator, and leader of the Zoo’s Frog Watch efforts in Panama.  Young children will have the opportunity to observe live frogs, a frog skeleton, and toy samples of endangered frogs from around the world.

Other activities will include face painting (where you can get in touch with your own inner frog), an arts and crafts tables to make beanbag frogs, leapfrog activities, and a ribbit contest.   Participating kids will join in a ceremonial Frog Release of dozens of toy frogs into the Spray Pool creating a large flotilla of frogs gliding across the water.  Free children’s tickets to the Franklin Park Zoo will be distributed while supplies last.

For further information about Frog Appreciation Day, please call 617-635-2120 or visit or

Zoo New England has taken an active role in saving frogs by building public awareness through exhibits and education programs, training citizen scientists in detecting incoming threats to our frog population, and by sending staff to help with the international Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project in Panama.  To learn more about this:

The Boston Common, the nation’s oldest park, has belonged to the people of Boston since 1634 when each householder paid a minimum of six shillings toward its purchase. For over 350 years it has been a center and a mirror of civic life, free and open to all. Today this hallowed ground remains a green oasis in the heart of the city.  The Frog Pond opened on the 25th of October, 1848 as a real artificial pond, and ice skating has found its home there for over 150 years.

The Boston Common Frog Pond is managed through a public-private partnership between The Skating Club of Boston and the Boston Parks Department.  The partnership’s mission is to manage the Frog Pond for the benefit of Bostonians and visitors alike, and to provide recreational activities year-round at a customer-friendly destination in the heart of America’s oldest public park.