amphibianfoundation's committment to young scientists

 

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    The Amphibian Foundation engages elementary through high school students to explore science, conservation and stewardship through classroom and in the field projects — in an atmosphere of enthusiastic inquisitiveness.

    We can guide students while encouraging them to ask their own questions - and find their own answers! We have helped schools develop S.T.E.M. and S.T.E.A.M. programming and even achieve S.T.E.M. certification. 

    Scroll down for details on our programs

    Elementary School 'Frog-in-Every-Classroom' Programs

    The Amphibian Foundation offers many biology and conservation programs for kids. The following programs are offered for classroom studies, projects and experiments. All amphibians are donated by The Amphibian Foundation and its partners to schools for their experiments.

    Poison Frog Feeding Experiment

    Poison Frog Feeding Experiment

    This experiment is intended for 2nd Grade Classrooms. It will help students develop and understand hypotheses, as well as how to collect and organize data. A minimum of two groups of frogs are needed for this experiment, so it is possible to include more than one class, or one class can have two enclosures with frogs. One group is fed fruit flies, and the other is fed bean beetles. The frogs are weighed and measured monthly and growth rates can be calculated and comapred between groups. Students also learn how to care for and rear these frogs, how to culture live food for the frogs, and how to design and construct healthy vivaria in which the frogs can thrive. ** Poison Frogs are harmless in captivity **

    Poison Frog Rainforest Project

    Poison Frog Rainforest Project

    This project is intended for 2nd - 4th Grade Classrooms. Students research rainforests and what makes them unique. They investigate the qualities that make a rainforest, and work towards using the key features to design a vivarium that can sustain rainforest frogs, like Cobalt Poison Frogs. With guidance, the students will construct the enclosure and when it is ready — we add the baby Poison Frogs!

    The Axolotl Feeding Experiment

    The Axolotl Feeding Experiment

    Axolotls are aquatic salamanders that never fully metamorphose. They keep their large external gills and huge swimming tail for their entire lives. This makes them quite unique! They also have cute smiley faces, quickly recognize when it is feeding time and come up to greet you! This experiment will work for all age groups. A minimum of two groups of axolotls are required for this experiment. We will donate axolotls for this experiment and teach the students how to set up aquaria for keeping healthy salamanders. One group is fed one food source (i.e. reptomin) and another group is fed another nutritional food source or live food like earthworms. The salamanders can be weighed and/or measured monthly and growth rates can be calculated and compared. Students will learn how to generate hypotheses, as well as how to collect and organize data.

    Atlanta Urban Ecologists

    We partner with Atlanta Audubon, Trees Atlanta, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance and Arabia Mountain and Zoo Atlanta to offer an Atlanta Urban Ecologists program for grades 7 - 12 in the metro Atlanta area. Our component is lab and field identification of our 28 species of amphibians native to this region of Georgia — the ones we can find in our urban neighborhoods. Atlanta Urban Ecologists can then participate in the Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program (www.maamp.us), conduct field surveys and collect data on our urban amphibian communities | atlantaurbanecologists.org

    Critter Camp

    We offer many biology and conservation programs for kids. Our first, and most popular is Critter Camp - a science-based summer camp with two locations — the Friends School of Atlanta and the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. Campers explore concepts in biology, ecology and conservation using a safe, hands-on approach with reptiles and amphibians.. Here are some of the highlights, but a lot more information, including registration details are available on the Critter Camp website (critter-camp.org)

     

    Critter Camp

    Critter Camp

    Critter Camp is hosted at the Friends School of Atlanta and The Blue Heron Nature Preserve and is open to all. It is intended for ages 6 - 13. Critter Camp is kept small (12 students max) and is a safe, hands-on experience to learn about these fascinating animals.

    Critter Camp site

    Snake Day!

    Snake Day!

    Mondays at Critter Camp is 'Salamander Day', Tuesdays are 'Frog Day', then turtles, lizards and then Friday is 'Snake Day' ... Snakes are a fascinating group of animals and Snake Day is a favorite among campers.

    Critter Camp site

    Hands-on, Critter Camp

    Hands-on, Critter Camp

    At Critter Camp, we understand that campers learn best when given a chance to explore the material on their own. Each day starts with 'Observation Time' where the campers can feed, water and observe the animals at their own pace.

    Critter Camp site

    Campers Love Frogs!

    Campers Love Frogs!

    At the Amphibian Foundation, where the animals used for Critter Camp reside, we have over 200 reptiles and amphibians - many of them are frogs. We teach the campers how to safely handle these delicate animals - for the animals' safety as well as the campers'.

    Critter Camp site