Amorous Amphibians Night Hike at IslandWood

Participants will learn about native frogs, their calls and habits in an engaging indoor presentation and then head outdoors at dusk to hunt for breeding frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and their eggs in our frog-filled wetland in our Cattail Marsh. This event is always a sell-out, so hop to it!

  Photo courtesy of Robin Loznak

The night hike portion will be guided.  After the lively indoor visual presentation, we'll break into small groups of 10 each and head outdoors to the BEST amphibian breeding spots in our forest.  

  • Families welcome!
  • Adults without children welcome too! (it's not just "for kids").  If we have the numbers to warrant adult-only groups, we'll do that for the night hike portion.  
  • Indoor presentation is 30-40 mins and seated.  Younger children/siblings are welcome, but the presentation depth and hike length are developmentally suited for ages 6+.
  • Evening hike to our wetlands is short distance, but on a trail with roots, a small footbridge and it will be dark.  Those who are less sure-footed, please take note.  The night hike trail to the Pond will accomodate strollers and wheelchairs, but the Marsh Loop will not. 
  • Ticket price for all participants is $5.00/person.  Infants on laps, or in baby carriers (Baby Bjorn, backpack, Ergo, etc) are free of charge.
  • Wear layers to stay warm on a cool spring evening
  • Wear shoes appropriate for a light hike.
  • Bring your raingear (boots, jacket, hat). The frogs and salamanders love the rain, but we want to stay dry and comfortable.
  • Bring a headlamp or flashlight, we only have a few to loan.
  • As always, we love dogs, but please leave yours at home unless they are a service animal.
  • We cannot accomodate scout troops or organized groups at this particular event due to our limited capacity.  Thank you for understanding.

Check out our former article in Bainbridge Island Magazine - page 20.  Thank you Bainbridge Island Magazine!