Ecologist & Save The Frogs! Founder Kerry Kriger at the Summit for the Planet Festival

Respected local ecologist Dr. Kerry Kriger will be the featured speaker at the upcoming 5th Annual Summit for the Planet eco-living festival. Kriger is founder and executive director of Save The Frogs!, the first and only public charity in the United States dedicated exclusively to amphibian conservation.

Featuring carnival games for kids, a walk-a-thon, eco-friendly shopping, environmental organizations, live music, student exhibits, renewable energy, solar car races, live animals and more, the Summit for the Planet festival is one of the “green” must-do family event on the Central Coast! This free event is co-hosted by Mount Madonna School at its campus at 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna, and will take place Saturday, April 9 from 11:00 am to 3:00pm (walk-a-thon requires pre-registration and begins at 9:30 am).

Kriger’s research into global amphibian population decline has been supported by the National Geographic Society and various philanthropic organizations throughout the world; and he has presented the results of his research at scientific conferences in several countries. His experience also includes studies of endangered Hawaiian birds and the biophysical properties of the amino acids involved in Cystic Fibrosis.

Kriger holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is a recognized expert on the amphibian disease Chytridiomycosis; and has climbed mountains in the Himalayas, Alps, Alaska Range, Southern Alps and the Andes.

The Save The Frogs organization is sponsoring the 3rd annual Save The Frogs Day on April 29, 2011, which involves educational events in more than 15 countries. For more information visit

Things to know when you go:
5th Annual Summit for the Planet festival, April 9 from 11-3 at Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Rd., Mount Madonna, between Gilroy and Watsonville. Walk-a-thon requires preregistration and begins at 9:30. **Free Event with $5 carbon offset parking (waived for participants of Summit for the Planet walk-a-thon and alternative energy vehicles) More information at:

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Nestled among the redwoods on 355 mountaintop acres, Mount Madonna is a safe and nurturing college-preparatory school that supports students in becoming caring, self-aware and articulate critical thinkers, who are prepared to meet challenges with perseverance, creativity and integrity. The CAIS and WASC accredited program emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville.


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Nestled among the redwoods on 380 acres, Mount Madonna School (MMS) is a diverse learning community dedicated to creative, intellectual, and ethical growth. MMS supports its students in becoming caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals; and believes a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society. The program, accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville. Founded in 1979.

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