Upcoming AF Events, Programs & Classes
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Young Adults - 12-17
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Master Herpetologist Program
Master Herpetologist Program
Husbandry & Captive Management Course
Husbandry & Captive Management Course
Southeastern Master Herpetologist Program
Southeastern Master Herpetologist Program
Venomous Training & Certification Program
Venomous Training & Certification Program
Critters & Cabernet
Critters & Cabernet
Conservation Research Bridge Program
Conservation Research Bridge Program
Biology of the Despised
Biology of the Despised
Science Nights
Science Nights
Lunch and Learn
Lunch and Learn
Junior Master Herpetologist Program
Junior Master Herpetologist Program
Critter Caretakers - Amphibian & Reptile Care for the Jr Herpetologist
Critter Caretakers - Amphibian & Reptile Care for the Jr Herpetologist
Advanced Junior Master Herpetologist Program
Advanced Junior Master Herpetologist Program
Critter Camp
Critter Camp
Critter Café
Critter Café
Critter Class
Critter Class
Field Trips @ AF
Field Trips @ AF
Homeschool Programs
Homeschool Programs
In-school Programs
In-school Programs
Online Programs
Online Programs
Critter Club (After-school Club)
Critter Club (After-school Club)
Annual AF Open House
Fri, Dec 06, 2024
Annual AF Open House
Critter Parties
Critter Parties
AF Course Catalog & Start Dates
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Adult - Online
Youth - Online
Adult - In-person @ AF
Youth - In-person @ AF
Adult - Online
Wed, Jul 10, 2024
Ages 18+ — The Master Herpetologist Program is a globally acclaimed, college-level course in herpetology. Instructed by experts in the field, the program offers career-building certification and a foundation of herpetological knowledge to build upon.

This program is offered 6 times a year. Registration remains open a week after the course start date.
Master Herpetologist Program Boris Berlijn, Instructor
Adult - Online
Tue, Oct 29, 2024
Ages 18+ — This intensive class provides a husbandry foundation as we learn from zoo professionals, nonprofit keepers, conservation managers, professional breeders, and others about the best practices and proven techniques for keeping and breeding reptiles & amphibians in captivity.

This program is offered 3 times a year. Registration remains open a week after the course start date
Husbandry & Captive Management Course Erin Shebish, Instructor
Adult - Online
Thu, Jul 11, 2024
Ages 18+ — This course is a deep dive into the amphibians and reptiles of one of the most interesting and species-rich areas of the world — the Southeastern United States. The class goal is to create a foundation of regional herpetological knowledge upon which students can build.

This program is offered 3 times a year. Registration remains open a week after the course start date
Southeastern Master Herpetologist Program Roxana Pena Popo, Instructor
Youth - Online
Sat, Jul 20, 2024
Ages 12-14 — JMH is based on our acclaimed Master Herpetologist Program (for adults) and adapted for a younger audience. The Junior Master Herpetologist Program is perfect for young learners, aged 12-14 interested in amphibians and reptiles as well as those interested in exploring the field of herpetology.

This program is offered 5 times a year.
Junior Master Herpetologist Program Maryann Barbon, Instructor
Youth - Online
Sat, Jul 20, 2024
Ages 15-17 — JMHA is based on our acclaimed Master Herpetologist Program (for adults) and adapted for a younger audience. The Junior Master Herpetologist Program is perfect for young learners, aged 15-17 interested in amphibians and reptiles as well as those interested in exploring the field of herpetology.

This program is offered 5 times a year.
Advanced Junior Master Herpetologist Program Maryann Barbon, Instructor
Youth - Online
Sat, Jul 20, 2024
Ages 10-15 — Dive into the world of amphibian and reptile care with Critter Caretakers, an 8-week virtual course hosted by the Amphibian Foundation! Inspired by our Husbandry + Captive Management Course for adults, this class is specially tailored for curious minds aged 10-15 eager to learn how to care for reptiles and amphibians.

This program is offered 5 times a year.
Critter Caretakers: Amphibian & Reptile Care for the Jr Herpetologist Erin Shebish, Instructor
Adult - In-person @ AF
Sat, Sep 07, 2024
Ages 18+ — This 2-day workshop is a comprehensive training to prepare yourself for working with venomous snakes, or encountering them in the field safely. Using the techniques and protocols laid out by this training, no one has ever been bitten by a venomous serpent.

This program is offered on the first weekend of every other month
Venomous Training & Certification Program Marjan Ghadrdan, Instructor
Adult - In-person @ AF
Fri, Aug 02, 2024
Ages 21+ — 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.

This program is offered on the first Friday of every month
Critters & Cabernet Marjan Ghadrdan, Instructor
Youth - In-person @ AF
Sat, Sep 14, 2024
Ages 12-14 — The live & in-person Junior Master Herpetologist Program is offered in Atlanta, GA at the Amphibian Foundation, and includes animal handling and local field trips.

This program is offered 3 times a year.
Junior Master Herpetologist Program Amanda Dahlgren + Taylor Cone, Instructors
Youth - In-person @ AF
Sat, Sep 14, 2024
Ages 15-17 — The live & in-person Advanced Junior Master Herpetologist Program is offered in Atlanta, GA at the Amphibian Foundation, and includes animal handling and local field trips.

This program is offered 3 times a year.
Advanced Junior Master Herpetologist Program Amanda Dahlgren + Taylor Cone, Instructors
Youth - In-person @ AF
Mon, May 27, 2024
Ages 6-14 — All summer long + school breaks - Critter Camp - a science-based summer and school-year camp with four locations — the Friends School of Atlanta, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Hemlock Farms (PA), and right at the Amphibian Foundation (Blue Heron Nature Preserve).

This program is offered each summer and during school breaks
Critter Camp Crystal Mandica, Director of Education + Various Instructors
Youth - In-person @ AF
Sun, Jul 14, 2024
Ages 6-11 — Critter Class is for students only, and has more structured learning than the earlier Critter Café events. Critter Class includes a lesson, followed by hands-on learning and animal handling with our amazing AF Educators. Critter Class can be enjoyed as a series, or if someone would simply like to drop in for a certain topic. A different group is discussed each time.

This program is offered each month on the second Sunday
Critter Class Taylor Cone, Instructor
Youth - In-person @ AF
Sun, Jul 14, 2024
Ages 0-5 & 6-9 — Critter Café is a delightfully casual family experience for our youngest critter enthusiasts, including ones too young for Critter Camp! Each month, a brief presentation is followed by lots of supervised handling time with salamanders, frogs, turtles, lizards, and snakes.

This program is offered each month on the second Sunday
Critter Café Thomas Geaslen, Instructor

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Career-building Training Opportunities

All Adults - 18+ Youth - 15-17
Conservation Research Bridge Program
Mentored research opportunities in the lab and in the field through AF's gap-year program.
Hands-on experiences in one of our 3 husbandry labs
Join a volunteer team of almost 40 weekly volunteers!
Be a TA in one of our many online courses.
Certified Master Herpetologists stay connected by becoming a TA, and helping new students with the material.
Help us carry the message to every community in Atlanta
Virtually unlimited educational & outreach opportunities working with children, families, and critters
Work alongside professional educators @ Critter Camp
Each session of Critter Camp has a Lead Instructor, a Teaching Assistant, and a CIT