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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.

Help Monitor Local Frogs and Toads

Frog and toad breeding season generally extends from late January through September depending upon temperature, rainfall, length of the day, for a specific locality, and biological factors for each species. FrogWatch USA data collection targets peak breeding season for all species across the nation and takes place from February through August.

Join a local chapter and attend a volunteer training session to find out which frogs and toads are in your area and when each can be heard calling. Learn to identify species by call, locate and register a wetland site, and collect and submit observations to the nationwide dataset.

You can also review the Frogs and Toads by State List or a field guide. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Macaulay Library, Western Soundscape Archive, and AmphibiaWeb feature frog and toad calls for look up and practice.You can test your identification skills by taking the U.S. Geological Survey’s Frog Quiz.

Receive Volunteer Training  

Volunteer training emphasizes the nature of science as it relates to frog and toad call identification and reporting. Lecture and course material focus on the ways in which volunteers contribute to FrogWatch USA’s long-term, large-scale scientific knowledge base.  By following systematic and standardized data collection protocols, volunteers contribute to the understanding of local frog and toad species presence as well as their natural history, range, and behavior. Volunteer training opportunities are available in person and online.

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Become a FrogWatch USA volunteer
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In-person Volunteer Training Sessions
FrogWatch USA chapters offer a variety of in-person training opportunities tailored to the local frog and toad species and wetland habitats to be surveyed. More than 100 volunteer training sessions are held annually across the United States. View the FrogWatch USA volunteer training schedule.

Online Training
The FrogWatch USA online training courses are now available! The volunteer training course gives you the training and tools needed to become a successful citizen scientist, and guides you through the processes of collecting and entering FrogWatch USA data. Learn more and enroll

Questions may be directed to frogwatch@aza.org.     

Join a 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 129 chapters  established throughout the United States:

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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 Arkansas College, Harrison
North Central Arkansas Master Naturalists
Northwest 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
Jacksonville Zoo, Jacksonville
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
Nahant Marsh Education Center, Davenport
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Dubuque

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

Kentucky
WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium, Newport

Louisiana
Audubon Zoo, New Orleans
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, Baton Rouge

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 
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary & Hitchcock Center for the Environment,
     Easthampton & Amherst
Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford
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

Minnesota
Warner Nature Center, Marine on St. Croix

 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
Akron Zoo, Akron
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
El Paso Zoo, El Paso
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, San Antonio

Utah
Utah's Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City

Virginia
Busch Gardens - Williamsburg, Williamsburg
Friends of Dyke Marsh, Alexandria
Maymont Foundation, Richmond
Mill Mountain Zoo, Roanoke
Nature Zone, Lynchburg
Virginia Master Naturalist - Peninsula Chapter, Hampton
Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach
Virginia Living Museum, Newport News
Virginia Zoo, Norfolk

Washington
Pacific Northwest (Edmonds) FrogWatch, Edmonds
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Eatonville

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.