About A Frog House

Today, the problem of global climate change can be taken for granted, but change can seem inaccessible to the individual. A Frog House makes huge alterations palpable for the greater Rochester community through, you guessed it, frogs! A Frog House educates the community about the survival patterns of frogs and toads through serious community workshops for all ages, exploring topics like frogs’ place in the food chain; the impact of pollution and chemicals; and what we can do to help!

But it’s not all serious at A Frog House; we are also dedicated to learning through play at our charming house on the Erie Canal, making A Frog House a nature destination for the whole family and an easy way to get kids involved in nature.

Mission Statement:

A Frog House is a center for ecological education and local government advocacy which offers workshops and events for all ages to learn about the crucial role of frogs in the environment.

To inspire ecological education through the whimsy of frogs.

Margot Fass

A Frog House founder, Margot Fass, is an activist, artist, author, educator, presenter and psychiatrist.

Endangered species, especially frogs, are her passion. Her deep awareness and celebration of the cycles of life, the planet, and its organisms, are reflected in writings about wetland adventures in south and central American countries; her whimsical illustrated children’s book, Froggy Family’s First Frolic; and in her many paintings of frogs seen regionally.

Euphoric for frogs, Margot and her infectious enthusiasm touch children and adults through presentations in schools and organizations, and in every opportunity for public presence. Her lively frog clothes, hat to socks, belie her sophisticated activism, and she works with local politicians and governments in the protection of wetlands and prevention of destructive development. In just a year under her leadership, A Frog House has engaged hundreds of regional supporters to help implement significant protection of our regional environment.

She hopes her work will bring joy, healing and raise consciousness about the preciousness of each unique life.


­­Katherine Denison

Katherine Denison is a wildlife advocate, book designer, and social activist. Katherine designed Margot’s first book, Froggy Family’s First Frolic, and enlisted again for both skills and interests, Katherine is an essential right hand as A Frog House designer of promotional materials, writer, and planner.

Katherine’s ardor for environmental survival compelled her to walk with rangers in the rugged terrain of Tanzania and Kenya to better understand the possibilities and desperate challenges in standing against extinction. First focused on the larger companions on the planet—elephants, rhinos, gorillas, bears, and wolves—now Katherine, seeing the chain of loss from the tiniest to the huge, brings zeal to stopping the extinction of amphibian life and aiding the survival of the essential, delightful, and dangerously diminished creatures we serve at A Frog House.

Lindsay Graham

Lindsay Graham is founder and owner of Car Pal National Car Buying Service. Car Pal saves considerable money for clients who want new or used car purchases (and new car leases). Lindsay is known for her sharp mind, loving soul and witty engagement with her community. Lindsay offers both the land and building for her mother Margot’s newest project, A Frog House.

Occasionally Lindsay opens the doors to her own home on the property, and AFH visitors must guard against stepping on her tiny Maltese pup, Busby. (Busby barks ferociously when people arrive, and then hides, safe inside Lindsay’s roomy jacket, for the duration). Lindsay is a superb matchmaker, bringing social and political change makers, engaged people, and surprising resources to A Frog House. It couldn’t happen without her.

Matthew Fass

Matthew Fass has built all of Margot’s web sites, keeps her extensive digital portfolio online, and maintains Margot’s current presence on afroghouse.org.

Matthew lives in Kingston, NY and works at as a digital asset manager at Scenic Hudson  and is the lead programmer for Thinking Partners in Red Hook, NY.

Matthew is an accomplished accordionist, specializing in (but certainly not limited to) Balkan music. He and his lively groups keep audiences on their feet and on their toes, dancing to this joyous, humorous and heart-rending music.

When we’re lucky enough to nab him on a visit home, he plays for A Frog House events, charming both adults and youngsters. Likely you’ve guessed, Margot and Martin Fass are Matthew’s parents.

Stephanie Kromash Baum

As a writer, researcher, and technical resource, Stephanie maintains primary content for our two Facebook pages, A Frog House and Frog. Her dedication keeps aficionados of both serious environmental science and whimsy engaged. She provides support and ideas for Margot’s blogs and A Frog House website. Though she lives in New Jersey, she is thoroughly present online.

Lauren Berlin

Lauren Berlin, a second year fellowship PhD student in musicology at the Eastman School of Music, was looking for a part time grant writing position at the very same time that A Frog House was looking for a grant writer.

Lauren comes well prepared, having developed grant proposals, marketing kits, album packages, and advertising, organized artists for concerts, transcribed and translated archival primary sources for the Élan Ensemble, been a hostess, a teaching as well as a research assistant, and a management and development intern, how moral judgments affect moral behavior, anthropomorphism and hermeneutics of life. Her current research has to do with aesthetics and phenomenology; and parody in 21st-century American television music.

So why A Frog House? Lauren writes: “After working in arts administration, I am looking to work for a nonprofit that serves the community and advocates for a cause I care about. A Frog House would be a good fit for my goals because no community can exist separate from the ecological community, and A Frog House foregrounds this very symbiosis.”

We are humbled and honored to have Lauren as part of A Frog House, and besides, she is delightfully personable and easy to work with.

Bill Smith

As Pittsford Town Supervisor since 2013, and previously as town councilman, Bill Smith has advocated for strong community environmental policies. He helped implement Pittsford’s Greenprint Plan, preserving farmland; and led the designation of the town as a New York State Clean Energy Community. He also established a town solar energy program. If it weren’t for his commitment to the regional wetland ecology, dedication to our mission, and cordial good humor, we’d have to call him William.

Robert Corby

Robert Corby is a graduate of the Syracuse University School of Architecture and has served as the mayor of Pittsford for the last twenty-seven years. During his tenure as mayor he has used his professional experience in architecture, historic preservation, and planning to revive the village’s historic waterfront mill district, integrate preservation into the village’s planning policies, and enhance the village’s public realm. He has also functioned on the Executive Board of the New York Conference of Mayors for the last fifteen years. The successful results of Corby’s leadership have garnered numerous awards for the Village. In 2014, the City Mayors Foundation of London named Corby a “Mayor of the Month.”