There are many ways for you and your students to become involved. At present we have documented 40 species of reptiles and amphibians in the state. It is a taxon that is easy to find, safe to handle, and easy to identify. No specimans should be collected, as documentation requires only clear descriptions, photographs, or tapes.
Public and private schools and other organizations have contributed valuable information. College biology classes have built reptile and amphibian field trips into their curricula. Public schools have organized surveys or budgeted to have a reptile and amphibian presentation and field trip. One private school in the state has built a four-week interdisciplinary unit around reptiles and amphibians in Vermont. The students have documented many valuable field records from their area. This school has incorporated photography, writing, biology, and math into a hands-on field unit.
For those of you who are academics, steering a few undergraduates or graduate students toward field research involving Vermont's reptiles and amphibians would also be a great contribution to our knowledge of these species. Literature searches to track down records we might have missed or archaeological information would also be helpful.
A variety of Vermont environmental education organizations are helping to organize or promote portions of the effort.
Although no training is necessary or required, it is available:
For more information as well as for help to arrange presentations, training sessions, field trips, or to discuss your sightings, use our form to request a event, or contact us directly:
Be sure to explore our species pages for additional information, photographs, calls, and other tools for identification, convservation, and education.