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1.  What you can do
2.  Water
3.  Ecology
4.  Amphibians
5.  Environmental Issues
6.  Keystone species
7.  Get Wet!-
     Field Study Ideas

8.  The Zoo Experience
9.  Frogs & Friends
10. Case Studies
11. Resources
12. Glossary

Welcome to the Wetland Curriculum Resource!

Why Did We Create This Guide?

The short answer is because educators and their students became involved in the Toronto Zoo Adopt-A-Pond Programme and they asked for it. They wanted to do more, to learn more, and to explore the naturalized habitats they were creating.

The story of one such educator, Rob Ferguson of R.H. Cornish School in Port Perry, appears in the May 1995 issue of our newsletter Amphibian Voice . It tells of students, teachers and community members transforming a site that was previously used for piling ice and snow into a living wildlife habitat. Their new front yard is now a source of pride, beautifying their community and creating a sense of accomplishment.

"But," as Rob Ferguson, the catalyst for all this activity says, "Now what?" Rob and the students of R.H. Cornish see their wetland as a resource, as alive and dynamic as the students who created it. They want to discover more about the life that now sits at the school's front door.

At the urging of Rob and other educators, the Adopt-A-Pond Programme developed Toadally Wetlands, an educator's guide to wetland issues with resources that will provide them with ideas and the tools to look beyond their "adopted" wetland.

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