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Learn about living a double life: amphibians at Mill Mountain Discovery Center

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It sounds like a mini-series title, "Living a Double Life", but that's actually what the word "amphibian" means; it comes from the Greek root words "amphi", meaning both or double, and "bios", meaning life.

While the actual double lives of amphibians, half in water and half on land, may not be quite as melodramatic as a mini-series, they certainly are intriguing, and that's what kids will learn all about in the Awesome Amphibians program at Mill Mountain Discovery Center this Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m..

The charge for participation in this program is $6.00 per child, and registration can be completed on-line.

The program promises to teach children about the "wet and wild" lives of amphibians and the different kinds and species of amphibians that can be found in Virginia.

Try these great books as a follow-up to the program:

  • Peterson First Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians by Joseph T. Collins, Roger Conant, Robert C. Stebbins and Roger Tory Peterson
  • National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Mid-Atlantic States by Peter Alden and Brian Cassie (A great all-around guide to the most common species of plants and animals, from algae to opossums found in Virginia.)
  • The Frog and Toad series of books by Arnold Lobel
  • From Tadpole to Frog (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out-About-Science series) by Wendy Pfeffer and Holly Keller
  • Reptiles and Amphibians Coloring Book by Thomas C. Quirk, Jr.
  • Salamander, Frog, and Polliwog: What Is an Amphibian? by Brian P. Cleary and Martin Goneau
  • DK Eyewitness Books: Amphibian by Barry Clarke

To extend and enhance the learning even further for your little amphibian lovers, consider participating in the excellent citizen-science program FrogWatch.

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