FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ANN ARBOR, MICH. – MARCH 30, 2015 -- The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum recently installed a new tree frog habitat in its Michigan Nature gallery. The display is a reproduction wetland habitat for the gray tree frog, which is Michigan’s only tree frog. The 3’x3’ habitat is in the Michigan Nature gallery on the second floor of the firehouse wing of the Museum.
“We are pleased to welcome a new resident to our Michigan Nature gallery that our guests are sure to find fascinating,” said Mel Drumm, executive director of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. “Although not a hands-on exhibit, the new tree frog habitat is definitely engaging: The gray tree frog is a camouflage expert so it can take time to find him enjoying his new habitat.”
The Museum’s new tree frog habitat was designed, built and installed by David Clipner of the Leslie Science & Nature Center, as part of our Critters Up Close program. Critters Up Close is an on-going partnership between the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Leslie Science & Nature Center.
“The tree frog habitat is the latest example of how collaboration with a fellow local nonprofit – in this case, Leslie Science & Nature Center – helps extend the mission of both organizations,” Drumm added.
Visitors to the habitat will learn that the gray tree frog lives in much of eastern North America. It feeds on small invertebrates and lays its eggs in freshwater ponds and streams. The tree frog is visible in a video from the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum available on YouTube: : http://youtu.be/_S4LdfLDEVc
Funding for the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s new tree frog habitat was provided by the James A. & Faith Knight Foundation and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.
Offering more than 250 interactive exhibits, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum attracts over 280,000 visitors annually who discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. In addition to exhibits and public programming, the Museum offers award-winning distance learning and outreach programming to schools, libraries, and community centers statewide and around the world. Visit www.aahom.org or call 734.995.5439 for more information.