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Day 1: Salamanders

Day one is devoted to salamanders. Did you know there are 14 species of salamander in metro Atlanta?

Day 2: Frogs

On day two we explore the group of tail-less amphibians — frogs and toads

Day 3: Turtles

There are 2 types of people — those that love turtles and those that don't know they love them yet

Day 4: Lizards

A fascinating group of animals that come in all shapes and sizes from the tiniest geckos to the Komodo dragon!

Day 5: Snakes

Hands down the most feared animals in the reptile kingdom. However, they are also one of the most captivating
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  • Critter Camp by the Amphibian Foundation

    Now in multiple Locations!

    Critter Camp is offered through the summer and school year in Decatur @ The Friends School of Atlanta (Columbia Dr) and in Atlanta @ The Amphibian Foundation on Blue Heron Nature Preserve (Roswell Rd)
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2019 Best of Decatur Award for Best Science Academy

Critter Camp Overview

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.


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Happy Campers

  • image Particular attention will be paid to the biology, diversity, stewardship and conservation of amphibians and reptiles.

    Kids love critters

  • image Campers learn how to handle animals in a way that is safe for children, instructors and animals.

    Safe handling and sharing

  • image Instructors are experienced amphibian education and outreach professionals

    Young and hatchling critters

  • image Campers work together to ask questions and find the answers (with guidance from our instructors)

    Group and Individual activities

  • image Weather permitting, we will be outside part of the day conducting reptile and amphibian surveys. Bring appropriate outdoor clothes!

    Indoor and outdoor activities

  • image Some of the animals will need care, so campers will learn how to care for the critters, feed them or take them for walks

    Animal care and husbandry

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Critter Camp Registration and Availability

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  • Indoor Activities +

    Sculpt animals with Sculpy • Create and draw your own animals and adaptations • Investigate relationships between critter groups • Frog call workshop
  • Outdoor Activities +

    Amphibian surveys • Animal care and husbandry • scent trail (pheromone) game • Frog call game
  • Research Activities +

    Anatomical activities • Web of life • Phylogeny and relationships between critter groups • Prehistoric amphibians and reptiles • Animal surveys
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Critter Club (After School Clubs)

We now provide reptile & amphibian educational experiences in an after-school setting. The Amphibian Foundation educational team can come to your school and continue the learning and fun throughout the school year. Please contact us for more details.

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Critters & Cabernet (Critter Camp for Adults!)

By popular demand we now offer a casual learning experience just for adults! Critters & Cabernet debuted during the Atlanta Science Festival and now meets on the first Friday of every month for a unique learning experience focusing on a different animal group each month. Space is extremely limited.

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