The FrogLady

The Early Years


It all began with a rabbit named muffin. He was white. He was fluffy. And I was in love. Many animals followed and it was the love I felt for them that led me to my passion for all things wild.

College


I graduated from Iowa State University in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology and a specialization in Interpretation of Natural Resources (environmental education).

Naturalist at Work



Louisa County Conservation Board
Wapello, IA

www.lccb.org

Muscatine County Conservation Board
Muscatine, IA

www.muscatinecountyconservation.com

Forest Preserve District of Will County
(Plum Creek Nature Center)
Beecher, IL

www.fpdwc.org

I absolutely loved each job I had and it never felt like I was "working". I was employed until 2007 when I had my son. It was a hard decision but I decided to quit my job at the Forest Preserve and launch FrogLady Presentations so I could spend more time at home with him.

Awards


The FrogLady has won several environmental education awards, including:

Reptile Fest 2011
1st Place People's Choice Display

Outstanding New Interpreter
National Association of Interpreation - Region 5 (IL, IA, MN, NE, ND, SD, WI, Manitoba)

Outstanding Team Award
Plum Creek Nature Center

Special Acts Award
Forest Preserve District of Will County

For the Love of Nature


If it's natrure-related, I love it. When I'm not working you can find me hiking, backpacking, reading nature books, kayaking, gardening, and spending time with all of my animals. It's not a good day without at least one trip to the dog park with my two beloved dogs, Molly and Jake. And my greatest joy of all is trying to turn my son into a nature lover as well. I also volunteer my time serving the Chicago Herpeological Society as their Corresponding Secretary. I've been a member since 2001 and a board member since 2004. It's a fabulous society of reptile and ampibian enthusiasts. If you love herps you should join too! I would love to see you there. www.chicagoherp.com

Kudos to the FrogLady


"Deb was fantastic! She was very impressive and quite entertaining. She kept the children and myself on the edge of our seats."
Valley View Elementary

"Our presentor did an outstanding job. My students loved her humor and knowledge of nature. She kept control of the classroom and encouraged my students to ask questions. Very impressed since I have 30 students!"
Troy Shorewood Elementary

"FrogLady was excellent!"
Independence Elementary

"Great presenter! Kept students attention throughout program; good classroom management. The hands-on activity was wonderful."
Troy Heritage Elementary

"Many hands-on items like the puppets kept attention and kept things upbeat. Deb used great voices, was animated, used student volunteers, and "kid" language for them to understand."
Wesmere Elementary

"Deb went above and beyond - her character, professionalism and knowledge really engaged the children. They will remember her lesson forever - she's quote a natural."
Wesmere Elementary

"Excellent program! Presenter was knowledgeable and had an excellent, well prepared presentation. We look forward to future visits."
Hadley Middle School

"All my classes just love Deb!"
St. Mary's Elementary

"Deb is a wonderful presenter and the children love her. She really knows how to keep their attention!"
St. Dennis Elementary

"She had my class in the palm of her hand!"
St. Christopher

"The FrogLady was wonderful! She is very knowledgeable and great with kids!"
Beacon Hill Elementary

"Great presentation and inquiry questions. The kids enjoyed FrogLady immensely (parents too!)"
Grand Prairie Elementary

"She was able to teach things at the kindergarten level. The children loved learning from her. She set up clear expectations and kept a good pace."
Grand Prairie

"Deb did an excellent job with my second grade class. I'm looking forward to her visiting again with my next class."
Coal City Elementary

"FrogLady was incredible! She really related to the kids, and they love her humor! Her character puppets and voices were perfect. The kids will remember this trip for a very long time."
Beacon Hill Elementary

"Deb did an excellent job making thek ids excited about nature! Her love for nature is contagious!"
Grand Prairie Elementary