• Can you take my pet or injured wild reptile?
    Can you take my pet or injured wild reptile?

    Can you take my pet or injured wild reptile?

    As we work primarily with amphibians, we are unable to accept or assist with pet, injured, or rescue reptiles. We can, however, suggest some great groups in the area which can assist you.

    The Georgia Herpetological Association and Rescue
    https://www.gaherp.com/

    The Georgia Reptile Society
    https://gareptilesociety.org/en/surrender-request

    If you are inquiring about injured native wildlife, including reptiles, you may also consider:

    Chattahoochee Nature Center
    https://www.chattnaturecenter.org/visit/experience/wildlife/

    A.W.A.R.E.
    https://www.awarewildlife.org/


    Also please remember: Never release pet turtles or any other pet into the wild. Please reach out to these groups rather than releasing your unwanted pet. Released pet turtles adversely impact native, wild turtle populations.

  • I would like to build a pond and/or make my yard more amphibian friendly. What do you recommend?
    I would like to build a pond and/or make my yard more amphibian friendly. What do you recommend?

    I would like to build a pond and/or make my yard more amphibian friendly. What do you recommend?

    Turning your yard into an 'amphibian friendly' zone could have quite an impact on your neighborhood amphibian community, particularly in urban areas, where amphibian communities are fragmented by buildings, parking lots and streets. In most cases, making your yard into a habitat for frogs and salamanders takes less work than a perfectly groomed lawn. Our blog has been accumulating resources as we find them for ways to make amphibian habitats, build artificial wetlands and monitor your progress. We have included resources from GA Department of Natural Resources as well.

    The link will take you to our section of the blog with articles relevant to making your yard more amphibian friendly

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  • I have a sick frog / salamander / lizard / snake / turtle, can you help me?
    I have a sick frog / salamander / lizard / snake / turtle, can you help me?

    I have a sick frog / salamander / lizard / snake / turtle, can you help me?

    In our outdoor lab and 5 indoor labs, there are approximately 1,000 animals residing at the Amphibian Foundation. If one of them is not thriving, then we contact and work with our wonderful veterinarians (@ For Pet's Sake).

    We are unable to provide husbandry or veterinary care or suggestions, so please contact your local veterinarian with your health concerns.
  • Can we visit the Amphibian Foundation?
    Can we visit the Amphibian Foundation?

    Can we visit the Amphibian Foundation?

    The Amphibian Foundation is not open to the public.


    Visits are not possible outside of our two public events each year:

    Our annual Open House (First Friday in December)
    Our annual Behind-the-Scenes Tour (In March as part of the Atlanta Science Festival)

    We hold regular events in our classroom, if you are interested in looking at our upcoming in-person events at AF, click here.

    After that answer, some people would like to know:

    Why can't we visit the Amphibian Foundation?

    The Amphibian Foundation is composed of several biosecure laboratories holding rare, endangered, and sensitive species. In order to be responsible stewards of the species in our care, we limit the number of people entering the labs. Our only room that is not a lab or an office is our classroom, which is open regularly for scheduled and private events.

  • Where are you located?
    Where are you located?

    Where are you located?

    We are located at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Atlanta (Buckhead), Georgia. Our address is 4055 Roswell Rd. NE Atlanta, GA 30342, and here's a Google Maps link with directions.

  • Can I take photos at AF?
    Can I take photos at AF?

    Can I take photos at AF?

    Photography is not permitted at the Amphibian Foundation, except for designated areas of the classroom.

  • What does certification get me?
    What does certification get me?

    What does certification get me?

    (This is the phrasing that this question is most often posed to us)

    First and foremost, the Master Herpetologist Program is an intensive class in herpetology, covering the major groups in detail. While the instructors aim to make the material accessible to the widest audience possible, students should anticipate spending between 6-8 hours per two-week session to digest the information (up to 4 hours/week).

    The students so far have come from a wide range of backgrounds including: college and graduate students, educators, agency professionals, naturalists, and herp enthusiasts. Typically students are interested in gaining knowledge and connections in the field of herpetology, and career building with including certification as a Master Herpetologist on their resume.

    Certified Master Herpetologists have gone onto further advance their careers and knowledge in academia, state/federal agencies, and the veterinary and zoological fields. Master Herpetologists are invited to a global private Slack network to continue conversations, herping, become Teaching Assistants in our online courses, and share opportunities once the course is over.

    The certificate also serves as documentation of program completion, including passing the comprehensive final exam.
  • Are there any scholarships available for your programs?
    Are there any scholarships available for your programs?

    Are there any scholarships available for your programs?

    AF actively seeks out grants and support in order to provide scholarships to our programs (primarily for the Conservation Research Bridge Program). We receive limited scholarship funding from the Brainerd Family Foundation, Southern Conservation Partners, Women in Biology, Afro-herper — Earyn McGee, and the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy (ARC).

    These scholarships are awarded on a first come-first served basis. For more information, click the link below. There are also Master Herpetologist Program scholarships for veterans and educators.

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  • Does AF provide scholarships for veterans?
    Does AF provide scholarships for veterans?

    Does AF provide scholarships for veterans?

    The Amphibian Foundation, based in Atlanta, GA USA, supports our veterans + and active duty armed forces. One way to show our support is to provide scholarships for our online Master Herpetologist Program to veterans interested in learning about reptiles and amphibians.

    If you are active duty or a veteran, and would like to apply for a full scholarship, please complete this form. We will respond typically within 24 hours. For information about reptiles and amphibians on US military bases, please see: https://www.denix.osd.mil/dodparc/

    *** this scholarship is for veterans + active duty armed forces personnel only ***

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  • Does AF provide scholarships for educators?
    Does AF provide scholarships for educators?

    Does AF provide scholarships for educators?

    The Clifford Blizard Honorary Scholarship is a scholarship for the Master Herpetologist Program and is specifically for those preparing to share their knowledge with others.

    This is a need-based scholarship for those intending on inspiring others, using the knowledge gained in this program.

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  • Where is the 'Turtle Sanctuary' page from the previous site?
    Where is the 'Turtle Sanctuary' page from the previous site?

    Where is the 'Turtle Sanctuary' page from the previous site?

    Sadly, we had to close the Turtle Sanctuary program at AF.

    For those of you that don't know, with our partners at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, we constructed a small wetland in the front of the building, specifically for injured, rehabilitated, native turtles. These turtles were rehabbed by local partners such as AWARE, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, and others, but were deemed 'non-releasable' by our partners due to the extent of thier injuries.

    Wanting to help these poor reptiles, we made a place for them where we could keep an eye on them, make sure they are eating, and living their best turtle lives.

    In reality, what happened was:

    • On multiple occassions, people entered the sanctuary and stole turtles.
    • On multiple occassions, people released their unwanted pet (non-native turtles into the sanctuary.
    • On one occassion, someone hit a beaver with their car on Roswell Rd, and decided to drag the beaver all the way to the sanctuary and through it in there. That is when we learned that beavers eat turtles.

    We had to make the sad and difficult decision to cancel the Turtle Sanctuary program, and we want to thank all the wonderful people who symbolically adopted these turtles, and provided adoption names and support for their care. We hope the people that stole the turtles from the sanctuary are keeping proper care of them. We are working with Blue Heron to determine if a new, highly secure turtle sanctuary can be designed and constructed. There is still an urgent need for safe housing for injured, non-releasable, native turtles, though sadly, a new sanctuary will require high fences and security cameras — not exactly the vibe we were going for.

    Special thanks to Brooke Vacovsky who did most of the actual construction (including digging out the turtle pond) of the turtle sanctuary.
  • How can I provide feedback on a course or program?
    How can I provide feedback on a course or program?

    How can I provide feedback on a course or program?

    We'd love to hear from you!
    Please us the link below.

  • Can anyone take the Master Herpetologist Program?
    Can anyone take the Master Herpetologist Program?

    Can anyone take the Master Herpetologist Program?

    We have designed the class specifically for as wide an audience as possible. It is available to anyone who is 18 years old or older, and there are no pre-requisites. It is designed as a college-level course in herpetology and is dense with material. There is a comprehensive final exam and students who participate regularly in the class are generally able to pass and become certified. We suggest that potential students register for the course only if they will be able to dedicate a few hours a week to the course.
  • Can I register without a PayPal account?
    Can I register without a PayPal account?

    Can I register without a PayPal account?

    You do not need a PayPal account to register for classes at AF, just a debit or a credit card. If you are having trouble, here's a short instructional video covering how to register without a PayPal account.

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  • I registered for an online course, where do I log in?
    I registered for an online course, where do I log in?

    I registered for an online course, where do I log in?

    AF Courses are hosted on Moodle. Click here to visit our online learning institute

    Depending on the course, you will be emailed login information (to the email address of the AF account used to register for the class). Usually at least 24 hours before the course begins. We try to provide 24 hours 'early access' to the courses. Please contact us if you are having trouble getting logged in, and we'll get it sorted.

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  • How can I give one of your courses as a gift?
    How can I give one of your courses as a gift?

    How can I give one of your courses as a gift?

    Someone is about to be very happy! To give someone a course registration as a gift, all you need to do is register for the course, and then direct the person to the link below to redeem their gift. The gift redemption link is also displayed on every course page. It will speed the process if the giftee provides the following information on the form.

    • The class they have been registered for
    • Name of the person who registered for them
    • Email of the person who registered for them
    • The transaction number provided at registration (e.g. 9JB43927GN0481888)

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  • Can I get a refund?
    Can I get a refund?

    Can I get a refund?

    Please click the link below to review the Amphibian Foundation's refund policy.

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  • I am a government employee and I need an invoice to submit in order to register. Can you help?
    I am a government employee and I need an invoice to submit in order to register. Can you help?

    I am a government employee and I need an invoice to submit in order to register. Can you help?

    Absolutely. Please complete the following form to request an invoice.

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  • The Master Herpetologist Program has already started, can I still enroll?
    The Master Herpetologist Program has already started, can I still enroll?

    The Master Herpetologist Program has already started, can I still enroll?

    Yes! Our registration system for adult online programs allows people to register for the first week after class starts. We have found that our students are reliably able to get caught up if they join during that first week of class. After a week, we close registration. This extra week is only available for the Master Herpetologist Program, the Southeastern Master Herpetologist Program, and the Husbandry & Captive Management Course. The registration for our in-person classes and youth classes all close when the course starts.

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