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Conservation Research Bridge Program


The Amphibian Foundation’s (AF) Conservation Research Bridge Program offers the unique opportunity for adults (18+) to conduct conservation and biological research in a collaborative and mentored scientific environment.

In-person (Atlanta) | 1-3 semester programs | Rolling start dates

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Master Herpetologist Program

The Master Herpetologist Program is a certificate program, and is offered 100% online. The class is taught by a diversity of herpetologists from around the world.

100% Online | Asynchronous | 16 week program | Certificate program | Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall

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Biology of the Reptiles

Biology of the Reptiles is offered during Spring semesters at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. The course is open to all (18+), and is a live class taught via Zoom on 8 consecutive Saturdays.

100% Online | Live class | 8 week program | Offered each Fall semester.

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Southeastern Master Herpetologist

The Southeastern Master Herpetologist Program is offered 100% online, and is taught by a diversity of herpetologists, agency professionals, academics, graduate students and researchers working in the Southeastern US.

100% Online | Asynchronous | 16 week program | Certificate program | Offered: Winter, Spring & Summer

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Critters & Cabernet

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.

In-person (Atlanta) | 2 hour program | Offered one evening/month

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Husbandry & Captive Management Course

The Husbandry & Captive Management Program is offered online, and is taught by a diversity of herpetologists and herpetoculturists from around the world.

100% Online | Asynchronous | 16 week program | Offered: Winter, Spring & Fall

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In-person & Online Programs

AF Leadership and Research staff can visit your class, group, organization, or event. The visits can be in-person, if you are in the greater metro Atlanta area, or remote via Zoom.

In-person or online | Live classes | As scheduled

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Venomous Training and Certification Program

Venomous Training Program
We are pleased to offer a Venomous Training and Certification Program at the Amphibian Foundation in partnership with the Rattlesnake Conservancy.

In-person (Atlanta) | Weekend workshop | Certificate program | Offered every 8 weeks

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Volunteers and Research Assistants

The Amphibian Foundation has worked with and trained many amazing Volunteers and Research Assistants over the years. Our programs and initiatives are dependent upon these important relationships. Whether you are interested in husbandry and helping us take care of the over 500 reptiles and amphibians in our education collection, rearing endangered species of amphibian for conservation programs, teaching Critter Camp or helping us post amphibian conservation advancements on social media, there are many opportunities to get involved with the Amphibian Foundation and saving amphibians! Volunteer engagement that inspires conservation action.

Our two main mechanisms for getting involved at AF are through a Volunteer position in our Collections Team (about 40 people, mostly Volunteers) and through our Conservation Research Bridge Program, which mentors students as Research Assistants in a 1-3 semester, immersive research training program.

If our volunteers and assistants are 1) taught work ethics such as teamwork and leadership skills; 2) provided with training in presentation and interpretive skills; 3) taught skills in working with animals and their environment; and 4) exposed to career options in education, conservation, and science fields, then they will develop core conservation values, be stewards of the environment, and possess job and presentation skills to become positive and productive members of society.


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Conservation Research Bridge Program

Biology of the Amphibians


Biology of the Amphibians is taught at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA by Executive Director Mark Mandica. The class is offered through Agnes Scott's Continuing Education Program over Zoom, and is open to all (18+).

100% Online | Live class | 8 week program | Offered every Spring semester.

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