Critters & Cabernet debuted at the 2018 Atlanta Science Festival. This is the 21+ version of our popular children's program — Critter Camp. C & C is a casual learning experience in series format, so we focus on a specific topic or group of animals each session.

'Reptiles and Wine — What could go wrong?'

Each Critters and Cabernet session lasts for 2 hours, and includes lessons mixed with live animal demonstrations and handling (if desired). There is, of course, no obligation to hold animals if you do not wish. The sessions occur in our glorious Amphibious AF Meeting Room, on the second floor of the Amphibian Foundation.

Instructors are Amphibian Foundation Founders Mark & Crystal Mandica, with occasional guest lecturers.


  • Frank the Python

  • Critters & Cabernet

  • Rainbow Boa


Critters & Cabernet Calendar

Sessions occur on the first Friday each month, from 7-9pm

Session 1: Salamanders (Salamanders, Newts, and allies)
Session 2: Frogs (Frogs, Toads, and allies)
Session 3: Turtles (Turtles, Tortoises, and allies)
Session 4: Lizards (Lizards, limbed and otherwise)
Session 5: Snakes (Boas, Pythons, and others)
Session 6: Venomous Snakes + Lizards (100% safe)

December: No C & C (Amphibian Foundation Open House on the first Friday)


Crystal teaching about Salamander eggs

COVID - Pricing & Registration

Critters & Cabernet sessions occur monthly in the evenings from 7-9 pm, typically on the first Friday of the month.


Registration is $30 for each class and includes the wine. The entire series of 6 classes is $165 (Members will receive an additional discount, see Patreon page for details).

Critters & Cabernet is still postponed due to COVID-19 regulations and the Delta variant.

Feel free to reach out to us ([email protected]) for updates on when we can resume this awesome program!
*Series registration includes the next 6 sessions. Registrants can start the series in any month.

Member Discount

Members of the Amphibian Foundation receive a $20 discount on the Master Herpetologist Program, and a $15 discount on the Critters & Cabernet series.

Member registration links are provided on our Patreon page.


Become a member today!