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I'm volunteering at a public park nearby, and I approached them about writing up a proposal of sorts to get funding to build a vivarium display for their visitor center. This park is all about art and the environment, so this kind of thing would fit right in to their mission. The arts director seemed very excited about the idea, and she thinks it could possibly work. I just have to write up a proposal with a few sketches and see what happens! So now I'm trying to think more about the setup and solidify my ideas. Since you guys are all vivarium building geniuses, I thought I'd post on here for ideas. :) At first I was thinking it would house some dart frogs, but now I'm wondering if a native species might be a better choice at a place like this (and I live in Minnesota). I'm thinking Gray Tree Frogs might be the most interesting. What I will probably do is write up a proposal with a few different options; so one option could be using dart frogs, and the other option could be with a native species. (It is possible that they'll want this to be a plants-only tank though, because they might not want to mess with feeding the animal inhabitants). Then they can decide which they prefer. Anyways, if it were a native species (Gray Tree Frog for example), what kinds of things would I have to consider in designing the setup? I know that native plants are pretty much not possible since they will require a cooler, dormant period. But maybe there are certain plants that could mimic native plants well? These are just some things going through my head in relation to this project, so feel free to either comment on thing I said, or bring up ideas of your own. All input is appreciated!

Actually the more I think about it, the more I realize that pdf's are probably out of the picture... it would be necessary for them to culture the fruit flies, and I don't think they'd want that responsibility. So probably a species that doesn't require much daily care, and for which food is easily and cheaply acquired. Any other suggestions on what animal species would work well is welcome too.
 
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