Earth Day at Thorn Creek Nature Center: Frogs and Toads and Salamanders

Australian tree frog
Australian Tree Frog. (Photo by Stephen Barnett on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- What kinds of frogs and toads and salamanders live in Thorn Creek Woods?  How can you tell the differences?  Where can you find them? And what sounds do they make?

“Come find out, get your Calling Frog and Toad Calendar, and make a toad house and a frog rasper to take home too,” the Thorn Creek Nature Center said in a recent release. The program is free and open to all ages.  Registration is not required

“At 1 p.m. join us for a slide presentation – ‘Our Local Amphibians’ exploring the frogs and toads and salamanders of Thorn Creek Woods,” the release says.

David Mauger, retired Forest Preserve District of Will County Land Management Coordinator, specialized in amphibian and reptile research and conservation and will share his insights.

“At 2 p.m. join Dave Mauger and our naturalists April Richards and Ingrid Krizan for a hike. Whether frogs and toads are calling or not, this is sure to be a fun spring walk in Thorn Creek Woods.”

Thorn Creek Nature Center promises “lots of fun for everyone including an Earth Day raffle, amphibian sounds and displays. Make a toad house or a frog rasper. Get your own Calling Frog and Toad Calendar. There will be a bake sale with plenty of things to satisfy your sweet tooth.”

“Mark your calendars and celebrate Earth Day at Thorn Creek Nature Center on Saturday, April 23 from noon to 4 p.m.,” the release continues. “Free fun for all ages!”

This event is sponsored by Friends of Thorn Creek Woods and the Jim Marzuki Fund for Public Programming.

Please watch for parking signs.

For more information, contact Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, at 708-747-6320 or [email protected] Visit our website  The nature center is open FridaySunday, noon to 4 p.m. and trails are open daily, dawn to dusk.