Our goal is to introduce students to the exciting biodiversity of amphibians and reptiles, using these animals to illustrate aspects of biology and ecology.
The camps are small (maximum of 12 campers per session) and will be focused on tropical animals, as well as species native to Georgia.
Campers will be encouraged to ask questions about the animals and discover their own answers through hands-on observation. Safe animal handling, including biosecurity will be taught and implemented at the beginning of the camp, and maintained vigilantly throughout. Over one hundred animals from around the world will be available for this camp. This includes (most of) the major amphibian groups: frogs, toads, salamanders and newts as well as the reptile groups: turtles, tortoises, lizards and snakes. Campers will learn "fun facts" about each group: their life cycles, where and how they live, how they reproduce and their defense strategies. Campers will learn things like what makes a frog a toad, and what makes a turtle a tortoise. Campers will also learn how to identify frog species by their call and tadpole!
Main Instructors: Mark and Crystal Mandica, the Founders of The Amphibian Foundation. Mark was the director of the former Amphibian Conservation Program at Atlanta Botanical Garden.
This summer, we are pleased to announce a second location for Critter Camp! As previous years, camp will be held at the Friends School of Atlanta, but this year we are also holding camp at The Amphibian Foundation, located at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Atlanta (Buckhead).