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Become a FrogWatch USA Volunteer

You do not have to be a frog or toad expert to be a FrogWatch USA volunteer! All you need is:

View the FrogWatch USA flyer to learn more about the benefits of participation and why the efforts of volunteers like you are so vital.

Local Frogs and Toads

To find out which frogs and toads are in your area and hear their calls, attend a volunteer training session and review our Frogs and Toads by State List or a field guide. You can also test your identification skills by taking the U.S. Geological Survey’s Frog Quiz. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Macaulay Library, Western Soundscape Archive, and AmphibiaWeb also feature frog and toad calls for look up and practice.

Frog and toad breeding season generally extends from late January through August depending upon temperature, rainfall, length of the day, and biological factors for a specific locality and each species. A species may call year round in one part of the country and only for a few months in another place, as can be seen with green treefrogs (Hyla cinera) in Florida and Maryland. Some species can be heard vocalizing early in the year, such as wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus), while the breeding season for others, such as cricket frogs (Acris spp.), starts later in the year. FrogWatch USA data collection targets peak breeding season for all species across the nation and takes place from February through August.

Volunteer Training

Volunteer training emphasizes the nature of science as it relates to frog and toad call identification and reporting. Lecture and course material focuses on the ways in which the volunteers contribute to the FrogWatch USA’s base of scientific data by following scientific and standardized data collection protocols and local frog and toad species as well as their basic natural history, range, and mating calls.

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In addition to in-person training opportunities, an online volunteer training module is available for further enrichment.  

Upcoming Training Sessions

FrogWatch USA volunteer training sessions are scheduled in preparation for the upcoming data collection season (February - August). 

Arkansas
Arkansas FrogWatch - Registration Required
    April 17 & 24; 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm @ Ozarka College, Mammoth Springs 
    May 6 & 13; 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm @ Ozarka College, Melbourne 

North Central Arkansas FrogWatch - Registration Required
    May 8; 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm @ Arkansas State University, Mountain Home - Part 1 
 
   May 15; 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm @ Arkansas State University, Mountain Home - Part 2  

District of Columbia (Washington DC)
Smithsonian's National Zoo
 - Registration Required
     April 20, 2014; 3:00 pm - 6:00  pm - Session full

Florida
Palm Beach Zoo- Registration Required
     May 10, 2014; 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm     

Illinois
Cosley Zoo - Registration Required; $7/individual or $20/family or group
     April 24, 2014; 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm     

Maine
Downeast Lakes Land Trust
     May 10, 2014; 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm 

Mid-Coast Maine
     May 31, 2014; 9:00 am - 12:30 pm @ Liberty Library 

Massachusetts
Buttonwood Park Zoo- Registration Required; Call 508-991-6178 x31
    May 3, 2014;  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Part 1
    May 10, 2014;  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Part 2
    June 10, 2014; 8:15 pm  - Field trip

Missouri
Saint Louis Zoo - Registration Required
     April 21, 2014; 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm @ Shaw Nature Reserve, Carriage House

Nebraska
Wildlife Safari Park (exit 426 off I-80) - Registration Required
     June 7, 2014; 11:00 am - 3:00 pm - Volunteer Training w/Frog Day!
     June 13, 2014; 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Volunteer Training   

North Carolina 
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences- Registration required
    
Prairie Ridge EcoStation - 1671 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607
    
April 26, 2014; 4:00 pm - 10:00  pm - Classroom & Field Portion; $20 fee 
            (incl. pizza, CD, & materials; EE Cert. & CEU eligible)

Western North Carolina Nature Center
      April 24, 2014; 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Adults only 
      May 10, 2014; 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Family friendly

Ohio
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Conservation Education Classroom - Registration required
    April 19, 2014
          2:00 pm - 5:00 pm  - New Volunteers
          4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  - Certification & Returning Volunteers
          6:00 pm - 7:30 pm  - Field Experience (Weather permitting)
    May 17, 2014
          2:00 pm - 5:00 pm  - New Volunteers
          4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  - Certification & Returning Volunteers
          5:00 pm - 6:00 pm  - Certification & Returning Volunteers
          6:00 pm - 7:30 pm  - Field Experience (Weather permitting)

South Carolina 
Brookgreen Gardens - Registration required; RSVP to 849-235-6016
    May 8, 2014; 12:00 pm - 1:30  pm  - Low Country Center Auditorium

Virginia 
Virginia Zoo, Administration Building (2nd Floor) - Registration Required
    May 3, 2014; 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  

Washington
Pacific Northwest - Edmonds FrogWatch, Frances Anderson Center - Registration Required
    April 30, 2014; 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

More 2014 training sessions will be posted soon. Stay tuned for a session in your area or e-mail frogwatch@aza.org to inquire further.

Join a local FrogWatch USA Chapter

FrogWatch USA Chapters are hosted at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and other like-minded organizations. Chapter Coordinators recruit, train, and support local volunteers. There are currently 115 chapters established throughout the United States:

Alabama
Auburn University Museum of Natural History, Auburn  
Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham
Environmental Studies Center, Mobile 
Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Birmingham

Arkansas
Arkansas Frogs and Toads 
North Central Arkansas Master Naturalists  

California
CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point, San Mateo
Sacramento Zoo, Sacramento
Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara 
Sequoia Park Zoo, Eureka

Colorado
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs
Jefferson County Open Space, Golden
Grand Valley Zoological Quest, Grand Junction (Western Slope)

Connecticut
Mystic Aquarium, Mystic
Peabody-Beardsley FrogWatch, New Haven & Bridgeport  
    at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History & Conn. Beardsley Zoo

District of Columbia
Smithsonian National Zoological Park, NW Washington DC

Florida
Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine 
Brevard Zoo, Melbourne
Palm Beach Zoo, West Palm Beach 
Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo, Gainesville
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, St. Augustine 
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa
Zoo Miami, Miami

Georgia
Sandy Creek Nature Center, Athens 
West Atlanta Watershed Alliance/Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, Atlanta
 
Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta

Illinois
Cosley Zoo, Wheaton
Henson Robinson Zoo 
, Springfield
Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington
Peoria Zoo, Peoria

Indiana
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, Ft. Wayne
Monroe County Parks and Recreation, Bloomington
Potawatomi Zoo, South Bend

Iowa
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Dubuque

Kansas
Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Great Bend (Cheyenne Bottoms)
Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita
Sunset Zoo, Manhattan

Louisiana
Audubon Zoo, New Orleans

Maine
Downeast Lakes Land Trust, Grand Lake Stream
Lower Penobscot FrogWatch, Alton, Bangor, Orono
Mid-Coast Maine FrogWatch, Belfast, Camden, Lincolnville, Swanville
Mount Desert Island FrogWatch, Mount Desert 
Quoddy Region FrogWatch, Pembroke, Whitting
Southwest Waldo FrogWatch, Waldo County 
Unity College, Unity

Maryland
Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks, Ellicott City
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Rockville
Western Maryland FrogWatch at Frostburg State University, Frostburg 

Massachusetts
Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford
Mass Audubon, Easthampton
Zoo New England, Boston and Stoneham

Michigan
Barry Conservation District, Hastings
City High School, Grand Rapids
Detroit Zoological Society, Detroit
John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids
Ottawa County Parks and Recreation, West Olive
Potter Park Zoo, Lansing
Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Education Center, Lowell

Mississippi
Hattiesburg Zoo, Hattiesburg
Pascagoula River Audubon Center, Moss Point

Missouri
Kansas City Zoo, Kansas City
Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis

Nebraska
Fontenelle Forest, North Bellevue
Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari, Ashland

New Jersey
Adventure Aquarium
with New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences, Camden
Bergen County Zoo, Paramus
Jenkinson's Aquarium, Point Pleasant Beach

New York
Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo
Great Swamp Conservancy, Lenox 
Greenbelt High Rock Park, Staten Island
Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, Syracuse
Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester
The Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx, Queens, & Central Park Zoos
Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center, Bolton Landing
Utica Zoo, Utica
Wild Spirit Education, Delevan

North Carolina
North Carolina Aquarium, Kure Beach and Pine Knoll Shores
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh
North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro 
Western North Carolina (WNC) Nature Center, Asheville

North  Dakota
Dakota Zoo & University of Mary, Bismark
Red River Zoo & North Dakota State University, Fargo
Roosevelt Park Zoo, Minot

Ohio
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus
Cleveland Metroparks / Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek
     Cleveland & Parma
Hiram College, Hiram
Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, Akron

Oklahoma
Tulsa Zoo, Tulsa

Oregon
North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council, Milwaukie
Oregon Zoo, Portland

Pennsylvania
Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
Erie Zoo, Erie
Lehigh Valley Zoo, Schnecksville
Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pittsburgh

Rhode Island
Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence

South Carolina
Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet
Greenville Zoo, Greenville

South  Dakota
University of South Dakota & Great Plains Zoo, Vermillion & Sioux Falls

Tennessee
Chattanooga Zoo, Chattanooga
Knoxville Zoo, Knoxville
Nashville Zoo, Nashville
Wolf River Conservancy, Memphis

Texas
San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio

Utah
Utah's Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City

Virginia
Maymont Foundation, Richmond
Mill Mountain Zoo, Roanoke
Nature Zone, Lynchburg
Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach
Virginia Living Museum, Newport News
Virginia Zoo, Norfolk

Washington
Pacific Northwest (Edmonds) FrogWatch, Edmonds

West Virginia
Oglebay's Good Zoo, Wheeling

Wisconsin
Northeastern Wisconsin (NEW) Zoo, Green Bay 
Racine Zoo, Racine 

If a Chapter is not available near you, contact frogwatch@aza.org.