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A Frog House

Open Sunday afternoons, 1 PM to dusk
May 1 through October 31 (weather and COVID-19 situation permitting).

Located near the Canal Tow Path of the Erie Canal in Pittsford, NY, behind 65 State Street
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“I’m really proud of A Frog House!” — Pearl Brunt, Board Member

About Our Work

Honoring Life, One Frog at a Time

A Frog House, our magical little house on the Erie Canal in Pittsford, educates visitors about amphibian survival through recreational events and workshops for children and adults.

We work with local governments to protect wetlands and establish parks with ponds, and educate visitors about the impact of lawn and garden poisons on life itself.

We teach compassion and compassionate communication skills for the sake of all life, from frogs at the bottom of the food chain through homo sapiens at the top, by modeling responsible land and water use and maintenance.

When most people hear of frogs, they respond with amusement or curiosity.

They’re whimsical creatures, right?

It’s less commonly known that they have an essential role in maintaining ecological balance, and their diminishing numbers are a huge piece of the looming Sixth Extinction.

Frogs are at the bottom of the food chain….

…so their poisoning by pollution and chemicals, climate change, and the devastation of wetlands and habitat by mindless development mean that all the creatures that prey on them are disappearing as well—and up the food chain!

Let’s work together to honor life, one frog at a time.

Margot Fass’ Frog Blog

FROG Magic Reflections – 2021

Our first pond: Photo credit Robert Corby What a year we have had!  It has been so much fun, and we are looking forward to your support for our exciting last event in 2021, Giving Tuesday, on November 30th in 2021.  All of the things we did, do, and will do,...

Nature’s Food Forests and How to Recreate Them in Public Parks

https://youtu.be/67mnZJCerXY

First Frogs in Our Own Backyard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMgOMd_pZw8&t=1085s

Our Secret Gardens: Restoring the Soul of Pittsford, A Tall Order

This is my favorite scene in Schoen Place. I could photograph and paint it over and over again. (Photo: Margot Fass) A tiny prayer group, called Pittsford Pulse, was discussing The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, a classic of English Children’s literature...

Pittsford Is Becoming Greener

A Frog House 2021 Events, all on Sundays except for February 25 Don't miss the fourth and final webinar on Thursday at 7 pm by A Frog House founder, Margot Fass, called "First Frogs in our own Backyard" in the Pittsford and Penfield Library series "Encouraging Nature...

A Frog House Achievements of 2020

Goodbye, 2020! A Frog House, although not open most of the time this year, was busily engaged advocating at the state and local levels, collaborating with friends and like minded community members, and educating through our A Frog House events as well as our blogs....
FROG Magic Reflections – 2021

FROG Magic Reflections – 2021

Our first pond: Photo credit Robert Corby What a year we have had!  It has been so much fun, and we are looking forward to your support for our exciting last event in 2021, Giving Tuesday, on November 30th in 2021.  All of the things we did, do, and will do,...

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A Frog House | Non Profit

Local hub for environmentalism and gathering🐸✨
65 State Street📍
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Find the bull frog!

Guess where it is?

Who else eats mice, insects and birds?

Who is Freddy?🤔

Photo credit: Belen Patino
Frogs and toads can be tricky. They can have different colors and patterns and even change with the season or as they grow older. These are some characteristics to help you identify them:
One good characteristic to look for is their skin’s texture. It could be warty or smooth, dry, or moist. 
Another feature to look at is the presence of glandular ridges of skin that extend behind the eyes down.
The amount of webbing between the toes and the presence of swollen discs on the ends of toes also sets a difference.

2022 we will be focusing on wetlands. Looking forward to a fun year of learning together!
If you wish to help support our mission of advocacy, collaboration and education please donate at afroghouse.org/donate, via Paypal (tag) or Venmo (tag), or send a check to Frog House Project, Inc c/o Margot Fass, 527 Linden Street, Rochester, NY 14620.

Photo credit: Margot Fass

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Most of New York’s 14 species of frogs and toads are reclusive creatures, often lurking unnoticed for much of the year underground, in water or in trees.
On warm spring and summer nights, frogs and toads emerge from these spots in great numbers to converge in ponds.
Males will advertise loudly for mates. Some of these calls are called the “peep” or the Bullfrog’s “rum-rum”
Visit a Frog House for more tips and facts about frogs! You can donate to our end of year fundraising at AFrogHouse.org/donate, via Paypal (tag) or Venmo (tag), or send a check to Frog House Project, Inc c/o Margot Fass, 527 Linden Street, Rochester, NY 14620.

#nonprofit #support #animallove #Amphibia #donate #holiday  #fyp
The whole poem is included today, on Christmas Eve, in case you would like a new bedtime reading for little ones.

I am the ancient gem of water and green earth,
Look for me in hidden places
I will surprise in day and night
Wake your spirit like a little light.

Primordial gel of transparent egg,
Tadpole with tail then kicking legs leaping, 
Suddenly appears from pond-womb to land.

Moist chorus of color, pattern, and form-
Reminds you of the day that you were born
Swimming out into the world.

Drinking and breathing through delicate skin,
The muscle of balance stretched very thin.

Work with me then for hope of renewal
Each one of us a precious earth jewel.
We are one on this planet - we have come very far
I bring you to understand who you are.
Sisters and brothers of the frog and the star.

Gigi Alveré
November 2020 (from Sinterklaas program '21, Jeanne Fleming Director)

We thank you for including A Frog House in your thoughts and good wishes, as we embrace you in ours.  Please consider us in your end of year giving  at afroghouse.org/donate/, via Paypal (tag) or Venmo (tag), or send a check to Frog House Project, Inc c/o Margot Fass, 527 Linden Street, Rochester, NY 14620.
Why did this frog choose me?

Photo Credit Michael Starkey Frog Whisperer
.
FROGGY
HEALER
SELFLESSNESS
TAKING CARE OF OTHERS
CHANGE
CHASER OF NEGATIVITY
.
Interpretation from Sinterklaas program '21, Jeanne Fleming Director
At A Frog House, we do our best to be Frog Whisperers, and I hope the frog chose me to enhance those attributes I desire.  Basically, I think we all want to be good and helpful, and we would appreciate your goodness and helpfulness through a contribution to our cause by donating  at afroghouse.org/donate/
A Frog House’s mission is advocacy, collaboration and education.

This year, your kind donations helped us bring, among many other activities.  Wilson Wondercamp Summer Sizzlers to learn about recycling and composting. Families and individuals participated in educational activities related to permaculture and sustainable gardening. 

Poets and artists inspired us with their creations related to the role of frogs in the environment. 

All of this and more because of all of you! 

If you wish to  boost our end of year fundraiser, please visit afroghouse.org/donate/ or venmo at @afroghouse. 

#christmas #givingback #donate #education #frogs
Photo credit Margot Fass. Costa Rican tree frog

Neither frogs nor toads give you warts - that is a myth!

Fact from Sinterklaas program '21, Jeanne Fleming Director

This frog is similar to our own US grey tree frog.  Did you know that it is thought that the asteroid strike that extinguished dinosaurs gave rise to a huge diversity of frogs? (but none of them are tree frogs). There is just so much for us all to learn and share and help regarding life, with frogs being a keystone in that structure.  Please be a keystone giver, donate  at afroghouse.org/donate/ .
Photo credit Margot Fass. Mural in Costa Rica

In folk traditions, healers used Frogs for curing coughs.  The Shaman would put a Frog in an ailing person's mouth, recite sacred words and then command the Frog to “hop away” with the sickness.  That is how we come by the phrase, “a Frog in my throat.”

Ritual and Origin from Sinterklaas program '21, Jeanne Fleming Director

This frog looks like he may have an ailing person in his throat!  To become part of our healing community, please stop by before we close for winter, or put us on your calendar for spring. 

During our “off” season, we will be busy planning activities, events and programs to benefit ponds and wetlands.  Please donate  at afroghouse.org/donate/ .Your donations now will help us to budget for the year.  Thank you for all you do.

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Robert Corby

I predict that A Frog House will be on the map as a well recognized community destination in historic Pittsford Village by next summer, and a sustainable 501(c)(3)

Robert Corby, Former Mayor of the Village of Pittsford

I LOVE what you all are doing at A Frog House

We certainly need more centers like yours around the country.
Joseph Apodaca, Executive Director The Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy

The occasion is ‘unfrogettable’

The time for the kids was engaging, hands on, and felt very much like being at home.
Melanie Jones, Tutor Coordinator at School 35, Director of Arts and Enrichment at Third Presbyterian Church

Yours is the only property in the Village of Pittsford that opens your doors to residents and visitors…

…and has events that are fun and educational for youngsters and adults alike.

Amy Vlietstra, Pittsford Village activist and advocate and friend to the Board

What A Terrific Project and What A Lovely Location

We found you when I was walking by with my children and we were enchanted. What a terrific project and what a lovely location. You are doing good work here. Thank you for helping young people appreciate and value the animals, the environment, and through this, each other.

Sam Miller

A Frog House is a delight!

A Frog House is a delight! A magical place for children… and a reminder for adults to help support frogs (and every creature on our planet) today… for those children tomorrow. Thank you for all your good work!

Mark Shulman

Thanks for these uplifting updates

Thanks for these uplifting updates and for all you are doing! We are glad to hear that the Nature Symposium on April 25 is still happening online.

Evan Lowenstein, Communications and Membership Director, Rochester People's Climate Coalition

Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the natural world!

I certainly wish you the best and thank you for your efforts on behalf of the natural world!

David Bonter, Research Faculty, Office of Undergraduate Biology, Cornell University

Thank You!

THANK YOU for all your efforts on behalf of frogs!

Alan Pollock, MD Board of Directors San Fernando Audubon Society At-Home Project
National Wildlife Federation

I applaud your efforts

I applaud your efforts in putting together an event such as yours.

Daena Ford, President, Braddock Bay Raptor Research