Since 1995, Frog Walks at Hyla Park have been used as an educational tool to engage with New Brunswickers on the importance of wetland protection. Hyla Park Nature Preserve, also known as Canada’s First Amphibian Sanctuary, is home to two species of salamanders, one species of newt, seven of the nine species of frogs we find in New Brunswick, including the park’s namesake, the Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor).
Our Frog Walks promote the respectful exploration of wetlands and the many species that call this important ecosystem home. In the past, Hyla Park was used as a stock race car track and unauthorized dump. In the early 1990s, wildlife photographer and herpetologist Don Vail observed the diverse biotic population thriving within the park and began rallying support for the area to become protected. These unique amphibians rely on the area as the perfect habitat for their lifecycle, making conservation and education of Hyla Park essential for their survival.
species of amphibian you may see at Hyla Park:
Frog Walks are organized when our amphibian friends reappear from their hibernation every Thursday in the spring and summer months (June to August) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The best way to guarantee your attendance at a frog walk is to register in advance, as spots can fill up very quickly!
Upcoming Frog Walks:
Frog Walks take place rain or shine, but may be cancelled due to thunder and lightning storms. Cancellations will be posted on our Facebook page, website, and registrants will be contacted upon event cancellation.
What to Bring:
Hat, long sleeve shirt, long pants, mosquito mesh clothing;
Rain jacket and splash pants (when appropriate);
Participants should avoid using mosquito repellent and sunscreen prior to the walks as they can be harmful to our amphibian friends. Those who choose to wear mosquito repellent or sunscreen will not be allowed to handle amphibians, but can still enjoy the walk.
If interested, in attending a frog walk at Hyla Park or booking a private frog walk for schools, day camps, or other groups or organizations, please contact our Communications and Engagement Department.