Gray treefrog metamorphosis

Melanie StatenAnderson, Our Town Outdoors

In East Tennessee, we are surrounded by trees and that means we live in the middle of gray treefrog land. Join local naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales as we learn about a clutch of gelatinous frogspawn watching them change from egg to hop-away adult gray treefrogs (Hyla versicolor) at the UT Arboretum Society’s First Thursday Nature Supper Club via Zoom on Thursday, July 7, at 7 p.m. EDT.

You provide your own stay-at-home supper, and we provide the nature as Stephen Lyn will entertain and teach us about the lifecycle of the gray treefrog, carefully photographed at each stage by Stephen Lyn.

The program is free, but registration is required to receive your link. Register at This program will be recorded, and closed captioning is available. Please note this program is scheduled on Eastern time. Please contact UT Arboretum education coordinator, Michelle Campanis, at with any questions or registration issues.

To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him at

Due to continued concerns regarding Covid -19, the UT Arboretum Society’s educational programs are currently not on-site activities. The UT Arboretum Society is pleased to bring the public some great online options.

The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system, a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture.

Melanie Staten is a public relations consultant with her husband, Vince.


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