2007-05-10 / News

Frogfest Makes Return Visit to Les Cheneaux

Frogfest will make its third visit to the Les Cheneaux Islands area Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19, in Cedarville. The event will be based at Les Cheneaux Community Schools.

The third Frogfest Community Art Project will be offered, in which individuals and businesses can buy a frog shape and decorate it to post in their yard or in front of businesses. Frog shapes are available at the Les Cheneaux Welcome Center. Proceeds from the sale of the frogs will support Frogfest. Frogs are $15 for individuals and $25 for businesses. The Cedarville High School industrial arts class cut the shapes.

Frogfest will include activities to teach the public about water quality, as well as field trips, exhibits, and entertainment. Children's activities will educate visitors about the area's wet environment and its importance to frogs.

Events will begin Friday night, May 18, with an evening wetland boat tour of the Les Cheneaux Islands, an information session about the weevil project to restore Cedarville Bay, and a frog call field trip.

Saturday, May 19, activities will include a bird tour at the Gerstacker Preserve east of Cedarville, a mushroom seeking hike, a geocaching event, children's crafts and games, a silent art auction, food, and other booth activities and exhibits. A popular reptile show that was presented at the school and to the community will return to the event. Afrog paddle kayak tour, amphibian talk, and evening entertainment will also be offered.

A schedule of events with times and locations will be in next week's issue of The St. Ignace News.

To obtain more information, call Pat Carr at the Chippewa/East Mackinac Conservation District at (906) 635-1278; or at the Les Cheneaux Watershed Project office at (906) 484-3031.

Since 2000, Frogfest has been a collaboration between Les Cheneaux Community Schools and the community, joined this year by the Les Cheneaux Watershed Council and Chippewa/East Mackinac Conservation District.

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