• Junior Master Herpetologist Program

    Expert Perspectives into the World of Amphibians & Reptiles
    Adapted from our acclaimed Master Herpetologist Program (for adults), our Junior Master Herpetologist Program is intended for a younger audience. It is offered both in-person @ AF and 100% online, so our students are from all over the world —
    This program is perfect for younger learners (ages 12-17) interested in amphibians and reptiles, as well as those interested in entering the field of herpetology.

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    The Junior Master Herpetologist Program is a certificate program.

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The Junior Master Herpetologist Program is offered as an 16 week in-person class, hosted at the Amphibian Foundation in Atlanta, GA USA. 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 led by AF Education Coordinator and Master Herpetologist, Amanda Dahglren and multiple AF Master Herpetologist Educators.

The Junior Master Herpetologist Program is rooted in hands-on learning, and covers the major amphibian and reptile groups: Frogs, Salamanders, Caecilians, Tuatara, Lizards, Snakes, Turtles, and Crocs, including Georgia animals too. By the end of the course, students will have a foundation of herpetological knowledge upon which they can build. The online Junior Master Herpetologist Program has been a world-wide success and we are very excited to offer it at our location in Atlanta, where we have hundreds of amphibian and reptile ambassadors available to help along the journey. Each class starts with a lesson, then a short break, followed by handling time for the group of animals discussed that day. Limited to 20 students. We offer 2 age groups.


Fall Schedule - Class starts Saturday, September 14, 2024.

Class meets every other Saturday at the Amphibian Foundation, except the local field trip. The semester ends with the final exam on Dec 21, 2024.

  • Section 1 - Introduction to Amphibians & Reptiles
  • Section 3 - Frogs & Toads
  • Section 4 - Tuatara & Lizards
  • Section 5 - Field Trip (Metro Atlanta Location TBD)
  • Section 6 - Snakes
  • Section 7 - Turtles + Crocs
  • Section 8 - Final Exam
Students who complete the course successfully will be certified Junior Master Herpetologists, and are then eligible for adult courses at AF. The registration fee covers all lectures, handouts, and reading materials & the certificate.


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Registration is Open for the Live In-person Course!

The Atlanta-based, in-person Junior Master Herpetologist Program is $275 for the 16 week program. It includes the lectures, all handouts, field trip, final exam, and a certificate.

Class starts Sept 14, 2024
Registration closes Sept 14, 2024


Ages 12-14: 10:00 - 12:30

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Ages 15-17: 1:30 - 4:00

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Amanda Dahlgren The live & in-person Junior Master Herpetologist Program is led by Master Herpetologist and AF Education Coordinator, Amanda.

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