Calls to “Save the Frogs!” rang out among a crowd of supporters surrounding the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011. Save the Frogs! supporters gathered to protest the pesticide atrazine, which causes male frogs to develop female traits, according to a report from the Washington Post. Although the EU banned atrazine in 2004, the fight to end its use in the United States continues with another rally on October 12—the International Day of Pesticide Action.
These efforts for frog conservation epitomize the goal of Save the Frogs!, but the threats to frogs run far and wide. They face extinction from disease, habitat destruction, and international trade—factors that have led to the disappearance of up to 200 amphibian species since 1979. Concerned about this trend, Dr. Kerry Kringer founded Save the Frogs! in 2008. Since then, he has sponsored educational programs and protests like the one in DC to limit frog importation and increase conservation efforts. Every year on April 27, Save the Frogs! also coordinates a worldwide amphibian conservation day—Save the Frogs Day—in 50 countries, including its second base in Ghana. With time, Save the Frogs! aims to keep frogs safe around the world and stabilize their population growth in the wild.
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UC Santa Cruz MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Schools Program prepares educationally disadvantaged students for success at four-year colleges or universities, helping them graduate with math-based STEM degrees. Nationally recognized for its effective academic-development program, MESA has helped thousands of students from low-income backgrounds become scientists, mathematicians, and engineers since 1970. Targeting historically non-college-going communities, the program's classes and activities typically take place at a participating school after class or through elective courses held during the day. Led by MESA Advisors?science or math teachers?these classes help students develop leadership skills, gain confidence, and improve their educational performance. And when not working on projects for a MESA Day competition, participating students get to attend college campus tours and field trips to such STEM havens as the California Academy of Sciences.
The Santa Cruz community fought to relocate the offshore oil rigs that were being placed along the central coast in the late 1970s. After winning their initial battle, they founded Save Our Shores to act on behalf of Monterey Bay citizens in the event of future threats to the coastline. Today, Save Our Shores continues this work through three primary initiatives. The plastic-pollution, clean-boating, and ocean-awareness programs all contribute to the health and cleanliness of the marine ecosystem. Save Our Shores also advocates for local bans on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers, and hosts more than 200 beach cleanups per year with teams of volunteer sanctuary stewards to remove litter that may harm the environment.
Danette Martinez has sung in choirs since she was a small child, gained a degree in early childhood education, and taught preschool and daycare for more than 10 years. She uses that experience in her work as a licensed Kindermusik instructor, bringing the time-tested music program to Santa Cruz. During her music classes, children up to age 7 play instruments, sing, and dance, all while learning how to be curious and interact with other kids.