Hop over to Fort Stanwix for frog fun


HOP ON OVER — Fort Stanwix National Monument’s Backyard Ranger program will take a look at the northern Leopard frog, like the one shown above, on Saturday, March 16.

Although robins seem to get all the attention, there are many harbingers of spring.

For some people, it isn’t spring until the arrival of flocks of American robins in their backyard while others look to budding trees or sprouting crocuses and daffodils. For many here and around Fort Stanwix National Monument, it is the "peep, peep, peeping" of spring peeper frogs that shows the times - and seasons -- really are changing.

The park rangers at the Fort Stanwix National Monument invite children, and parents, to leapfrog across the Oneida Carrying Place and join FrogWatch USA at Fort Stanwix on Saturday, March 16, from 10 to 11 a.m. or from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fort Stanwix National Monument’s Willett Center. The program is free and no reservations is required.

There, children can hear the peeps from the frogs of the Great Swamp Conservancy in the Town of Lenox and discover what these frogs and others are saying about the wetlands in your backyard.

Participants can make their own Oneida Watershed rain stick and play the water cycle game.

Children can also find out how they can become a ‘citizen-scientist’ and help the amphibians in their own backyard.

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The Backyard Rangers program at Fort Stanwix National Monument is designed to create connections between youth and parks through diverse park programs and inspire kids to get outside and experience their America. The Backyard Rangers meet on the third Saturday of each month. Following the March program will be a Backyard Rangers program on April 20.

The Fort Stanwix National Monument is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the park is free. For information and a schedule of events, call the park at 338-7730 or visit it’s web page at www.nps.gov/fost.