Successful frog hunting at Farview Park pond

Free program is part of ODC-township partnership.
Lisa McKellips, naturalist with the Outdoor Discovery Center, shares information about the frog caught by Reid VanderWoude, 8, during Frog Catching at Farview Park, 6257 138th Ave., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024.

The shout echoed across the little pond at Farview Park – “I caught a frog! I caught a frog!” — bringing children splashing through the shallow water to see the catch.

Reid VanderWoude, 8, was the first to nab a web-footed creature at the Frog Catching program at Farview Park, 6257 138th Ave., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The event drew more than two dozen participants. It was led by the Outdoor Discovery Center and was sponsored by the Laketown Township Parks and Recreation Commission.

Naturalist Lisa McKellips explained the lifecycle of the green frog – the one caught by VanderWoude was a female – before putting it in a container for all the participants to see. By the end of the program, three frogs were netted, and several tubs swished with tadpoles and salamanders. One snake was spotted in the water. As the group finished, the frogs and other pond dwellers were released back into the water.

Farview Nature Park is 87 acres with two ponds. The park has one-and-a-half miles of walking trails with several ecosystems including wetlands, low dunes, deep woods and open meadow.

Participants in Frog Catching at Farview Park, 6257 138th Ave., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, check their net.
A participant in Frog Catching at Farview Park, 6257 138th Ave., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, stands in the little pond searching for tadpoles and frogs.

Other events

The Outdoor Discovery Center and township team up for programs throughout the year.

The next free event is Little Explorers on June 17 at Wolters Woods Park, 6281 147th Ave. The program is for children up to 6 years old. Participants will explore colors, shapes and textures with time for fun on the playground.

To register or for more information, visit here.

Other programs include:

  • Family Kayaking, July 16, Gilligan Lake.
  • Blueberry Fields Forever, July 22, Huyser Farm, 4188 64th St.
  • Incredible Insects, Aug. 23, Shore Acres, 6602 138th Ave.
  • Explore with Your Senses, Sept. 10, Shore Acres, 6602 138th Ave.
  • Night Hike, Oct. 4, Huyser Farm, 4188 64th St.

For more on Laketown Township parks, visit here.

The Farview program was the second free event at township parks this season. An owl event was held in February.

A participant in Frog Catching at Farview Park, 6257 138th Ave., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, shows what he found in the little pond.
Participants in Frog Catching at Farview Park, 6257 138th Ave., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, check their net.
Participants in Frog Catching at Farview Park, 6257 138th Ave., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, search for tadpoles and frogs.
A participant in Frog Catching at Farview Park, 6257 138th Ave., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, stands in the little pond searching for tadpoles and frogs.
A participant in Frog Catching at Farview Park, 6257 138th Ave., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, checks her net.
Participants in Frog Catching at Farview Park, 6257 138th Ave., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, search for tadpoles and frogs.
Reid VanderWoude, 8, shows off the frog he caught at Farview Park, 6257 138th Ave., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024.
A frog pauses in the little pond at Farview Park, 6257 138th Ave., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, after being let go from captivity.
Tadpoles collected at Farview Park, 6257 138th Ave., on Tuesday, May 21, 2024.