How does a Toad cross the Road? Toad Patrol in Sunriver!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

How does the Toad cross the Road? Toad Patrol at Sunriver Nature Center!

Western ToadHow does a toad cross the road? With a little help from his friends. The Sunriver Nature Center in Bend, Oregon recently hatched a great idea to help Western Toads during this year’s migration. 

Imagine thousands of toads migrating from one spot to another. In this case, from Aspen Lake to nearby meadows and forests. These toads are mostly terrestrial, unlike frogs who need to live right near a body of water. 

The pathway from the lake to drier ground puts the tiny amphibians in harms way because they need to cross busy bike paths and roads. Unfortunately, many of them don’t make it. It’s a concern, as the Western Toad population has been declining. 

Toad Patrol to the Rescue! 

SkylerAnytime during the actual migration, the Sunriver Nature Center invites you to stop by and help transport the toads, via bucket, to safer ground.  Many families with young children respond in droves to help with the effort. 

This year, our grandchildren took part in the effort. It warms our hearts and makes us proud. We believe the future health of our planet rests in the hands of our children - and grandchildren. The way to teach good stewardship is through education and activities that benefit us all. 


Skyler and Connor seem to understand the need to help as many toads as possible cross the road to safety. Plus, they had an enjoyable morning with their friends. The outing was a worthwhile, memorable, and fun adventure.


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Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Just like the salmon is amazing how they do travel & it is great for the kids to appreciate it so.

Jul 22, 2014 07:52 AM #8
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Debb: What a fun way to teach kids and grandkids the value of community service while saving these cute toads at the same time!

Jul 22, 2014 08:10 AM #9
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Debb-This is so touching and simply a wonderful thing to do and super wonderful that the kids do it.

Jul 22, 2014 09:45 AM #10
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Hooray for Skylar and Conner, you're never too young to learn good stewardship. Great post!

Jul 22, 2014 09:45 AM #11
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Fun and informative post Debb.  Thanks.  There was a tortoise on a dirt road last summer.  I easily avoided it but half mile down the road I got a case of the guilties and turned around.  Got out and moved it the remaining 1/3.  Pretty funny.

Jul 22, 2014 01:19 PM #12
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

What a beautiful and meaningful way to teach our children love and compassion. Great idea. Didn't really think about this before, however, that little toad is so tiny.

Jul 22, 2014 04:00 PM #13
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, it would be a good feeling to help those toads relocate to a safer environment, and hope your grandkids always remember this!

Jul 23, 2014 12:37 AM #14
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Debb, That is awesome, and what fun for he kids. Sunriver is a beautiful area.

Jul 23, 2014 12:58 AM #15
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Debb -- what a cute as well as a very important idea!   I'm sure the kids enjoy this and as Alexandra noted -- I'm sure there would be quite a few adult volunteers too.  

Jul 23, 2014 04:45 PM #16
Suzanne De Vita
Online Associate Editor

Debb, what a fantastic volunteer project - and way for children to appreciate nature. I wonder if there are programs like this in my neck of the woods! Thanks for sharing!

Jul 24, 2014 12:51 AM #17
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!


We had to build a $750k tunnel under a public road so we could develop a piece of property. This was required by the Army Corp of Engineers for the frogs. No body taught the frogs how to use said tunnel so they remained crossing the road as the had been all the time before...

Jul 24, 2014 06:27 AM #18
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi all, thanks much for your kind comments. Next year, I'm going to try to attend the event and help Skyler and Connor in their efforts. ( Mark, I like that about YOU). (Paul - really?) :)

Jul 25, 2014 03:26 AM #19
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Debb, Sometimes it's the simple things in life we can do to help. In this case the toads. It's great that the children can take part in this experience.

Jul 25, 2014 04:29 AM #20
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Debb, Very cool and you folks are doing a great job of instilling really good principles in your grand children. Obviously you already did just that with your children. Cute pictures. I do like help the little toads out project. Stuff like that probably would not happen here but I could be wrong( I hope)! 

Jul 25, 2014 04:53 AM #21
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Oh, Debb, how wonderful to teach your grands about how nature can be gently assisted by humans (who have caused many of these problems to begin with). You know I'm all over this!

Teach Your Children...remember that song??


Jul 25, 2014 01:56 PM #22
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Debb,

It is important to teach children to love nature and animals and parents need to start this training when they are little. Helping toads to cross the road is a wonderful way to help nature. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 25, 2014 03:38 PM #23
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I've read each of the new comments and appreciate them greatly. I know you all "get it." And yes, Gayle, I remember the song...

Jul 26, 2014 02:21 AM #24

here's a wee toadie-hooooray! ~from their cousins in Asheville xxoo

Jul 30, 2014 03:36 AM #25
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Debb, a Taod Patrol!  How cute is that?  And what a wonderful way to help children appreciate nature.

Jul 31, 2014 03:50 AM #26
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hahah, janeAnne.

It is Patricia!

Jul 31, 2014 04:50 AM #27
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