Welcome!

Welcome to the Amphibian Foundation's Online Learning Institute (AFOLI), and home of the Master Herpetologist Program. Courses will be added as they become available, and for requests please contact us at info@amphibianfoundation.org

We also have a full line of online programs available for ages 3-18 on the Outschool platform here.


    Available courses

    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.

    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, exam, and certificate. 

    The class is intended for adults, but there is no age limit. Please contact us before registering someone under the age of 18

    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.

    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, exam, and certificate. 

    The class is intended for adults, but there is no age limit. Please contact us before registering someone under the age of 18

    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.

    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, exam, and certificate. 

    The class is intended for adults, but there is no age limit. Please contact us before registering someone under the age of 18

    The Junior Master Herpetologist Program is offered as an 8 week virtual class, hosted by the Amphibian Foundation. It 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 12-17 interested in amphibians and reptiles as well as those interested in exploring the field of herpetology.

    The Junior Master Herpetologist Program is lead by Master Herpetologist, Maryann Barbon and instructed by multiple AF Master Herpetologist virtual educators.

    The Junior Master Herpetologist Program is a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning, allowing students to process the information at their own pace, and to enroll in the course from anywhere in the world. There will be weekly 1 hour live sessions on Saturdays, in addition to the pre-recorded lectures on the topics below. Students are encouraged to attend the live sessions on Saturdays, but it is not required. During this hour, students will be able to ask questions of our instructors as well as participate in our live animal demonstrations. Students are welcome and encouraged to introduce their own pet amphibians and reptiles, as well. In each week, the live sessions will be offered at 2 different times (1 am & 1 pm EST), so hopefully students wishing to attend the live sessions can join one of them.