Registration is Open for Spring 2020!
The Master Herpetologist Certification Program is offered at the Amphibian Foundation and instructed jointly between the Foundation, GA DNR and the Orianne Society.
This intensive class provides an introduction to herpetology and equips participants with amphibian and reptile identification skills and general knowledge of frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards and snakes — their life histories, habitat requirements and biodiversity.
: Mark Mandica
, Executive Director, Amphibian Foundation; Chris Jenkins
, CEO of the Orianne Society; Grover Brown
, University of Southern Mississippi; and Daniel Sollenberg
, the new State Herpetologist for Georgia DNR.
Course content includes classification and identification of amphibians and reptiles, 'herping' equipment, frog calls, attracting amphibians/reptiles and backyard wildlife habitat, anatomy and physiology, ecology, behavior, breeding migration, and conservation. This course is a deep dive into the world of amphibians and reptiles, intended to create a foundation of herpetological knowledge upon which students can build.
The course fee includes lectures and 2 field trips, a copy of Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia
(Jensen, et al), a certificate, and a graduation luncheon. Throughout the year, Master Herpetologists may be offered early bird or discounted registration for workshops and other reptile and amphibian events in and around Georgia, including opportunities for field work in conservation studies.
Master Herpetologists gather at Sweetwater State Park for the reptile field trip
The course meets on Saturdays from 10 am until 3pm (with an hour break for lunch). The class is intended for adults, but there is no age limit. Please contact us before registering someone under the age of 18
Jan 11: Introduction
Jan 25: Salamanders
Feb 8: Frogs
Break for Southeast Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation conference
Feb 29: Amphibian Field Trip
Break for Atlanta Science Festival
Mar 28: Turtles
Apr 11: Reptile Field Trip
Apr 25: Snakes
May 9: Final Exam & Graduate Luncheon
Dr. Chris Jenkins of the Orianne Society teaching the snake portion of the Master Herpetologist program.
The Amphibian Foundation is located at the beautiful, 30 acre, Blue Heron Nature Preserve
in Buckhead (Atlanta, GA). The main building on the grounds holds 3 of the Foundation's research labs, office space and classrooms, as well as Atlanta Audubon Society
, and the Blue Heron Nature Preserve's administration offices and classrooms. It is a hub for urban ecology and conservation right in Atlanta. The course will be held in the Amphibious AF Meeting Room
, which is unfortunately, not wheelchair accessible.