In an effort to protect this species, the Aquarium joined the Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Team in 2000.
In 2007, Oregon spotted frog eggs were collected to establish an aquarium-based assurance population. The first ever Oregon spotted frog breeding in an aquarium environment took place in 2010. In 2011, close to 3,000 cultured tadpoles and juvenile frogs were released into natural habitats near established populations in the wild.
In addition to the assurance population, the Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Program includes habitat management, monitoring, research, and restoration that is conducted in partnership with the BC Ministry of Environment, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, Canadian Wildlife Service, Department of National Defense, Seabird Island Band, District of Kent, Fraser Valley Regional District, Greater Vancouver Zoo, Toronto Zoo, Mountain View Conservation Centre, Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, BC Conservation Foundation, and Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition.
The Vancouver Aquarium received the 2011 Peter Karsten Conservation award from the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA). This award recognizes the Aquarium’s Oregon Spotted Frog Conservation Program. The Peter Karsten Conservation Award acknowledges institutions working in the field of conservation for projects including habitat preservation, green operations, species restoration and support for biodiversity.