FrogWatch USA Volunteer Training Sessions

FrogWatch USA training sessions are held annually to prepare volunteers for the data collection season (February - August). Most training sessions are scheduled by chapters from late fall through early spring and more than 100 sessions are offered each year. Check back often for additional training opportunities in your area or email frogwatch@aza.org to inquire further. If no training sessions are listed in your area, or if you would prefer to learn at your own pace, online training opportunities are available. Learn more and enroll. 

Last updated 3/7/2018. 


Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas FrogWatch

Location: Lake Fort Smith State Park (15458 Sheperd Springs Rd, Mountainburg, AR 72946)
How to Register: Contact Lake Fort Smith Visitor Center, (479) 369-2469, or Sim Barrow, (479) 966-4666, to RSVP. Registration not required.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • March 10, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

California

Santa Barbara Zoo FrogWatch USA

Location: Santa Barbara Zoo, Discovery Pavilion (500 Ninos Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93103)
How to Register: Contact Brittany Carlisle (bcarlisle@sbzoo.org) to register. This is a two-part session - plan on attending both of the sessions listed below.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • March 15, 2018
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • March 22, 2018
    6:30 PM, 8:30 PM
     

Connecticut

Peabody-Beardsley-Maritime FrogWatch USA

This chapter has three locations. Please see the individual listings below for more details about each session.

  • March 10, 2018
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
    10 N Water St, Norwalk, CT 06894
    Register online here. Contact Bridget Cervero if you have any questions. Snow date is March 13 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
  • March 20, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
    170 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511
    Register online here. Contact Jim Sirch if you have any questions. Snow date is March 22 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Florida

Brevard Zoo FrogWatch USA

Location: Brevard Zoo - Education Building (8225 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32940)
How to Register: Register online here
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • March 9, 2018
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Palm Beach Zoo FrogWatch

Location: Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society - Melvin J. & Claire Levine Animal Care Complex (1301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405)
How to Register: Contact frogwatch@palmbeachzoo.org to register.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • Part 1 (Informational Session)
    March 3, 2018
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Part 2 (Field Session)
    March 10, 2018
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Zoo Miami FrogWatch

Location: Zoo Miami (12400 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177)
How to Register: Register online here. Registration is $5 a family. Contact Hannah Shuman (hshuman@zoomiami.org) for more information.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • March 17, 2018
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • April 28, 2018
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • May 26, 2018
    8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Indiana

Hoosier Upland FrogWatchers

Location: Commons at Karts Farm Park (2450 S Endwright Rd, Bloomington, IN 47403)
How to Register: Contact Cathy Meyer (cmeyer@co.monroe.in.us or 812-349-2800) to register.
Additional Details: This is a two-part class. The combined cost for both classes is $5.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • Part 1
    March 26, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Part 2
    March 27, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Illinois

FrogWatch Cosley Zoo

Location: Cosley Zoo (1356 N Gary Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187)
How to Register: Email frogwatchcosleyzoo@wheatonparks.org to register, or for more information.
Additional Details: Classes are $7 per person, or $20 per household/group. 
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • March 25, 2018
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • April 20, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Miller Park Zoo FrogWatch

Location: Miller Park Zoo, Education Classroom (1020 S Morris Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701 )
How to Register: Email bolson@cityblm.org to register.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • March 15, 2018
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Kansas

FrogWatch of the Flint Hills

Location: Sunset Zoo (2333 Oak St, Manhattan, KS 66502)
How to Register: View the schedule below for more information on registering. Contact Nicole Wade (wade@cityofmhk.com or 785-587-2737) for more information.
Additional Details: Three multi-part session tracks are available. You must attend all three in a single track to complete the training.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

Training Session Track #1 (Register online here)

  • Part 1
    February 22, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Part 2
    March 1, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Part 3
    March 8, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Training Session Track #2 (Register online here)

  • Part 1
    March 29, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Part 2
    April 5, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Part 3
    April 12
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Training Session Track #3 - FrogWatch for Families (Register online here

  • Part 1
    April 7, 2018
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Part 2
    April 14, 2018
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Part 3
    April 28, 2018
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Massachusetts

Buttonwood Park Zoo FrogWatch

Location: Trainings are at different locations. See the schedule below for more details.
How to Register: To register please call 508-991-6178 x67420 or online here
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • March 17, 2018
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Buttonwood Park Zoo
    425 Hawthorn St, New Bedford, MA 02740
  • April 8, 2018
    12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Buttonwood Park Zoo
    425 Hawthorn St, New Bedford, MA 02740

Zoo New England

Location: Franklin Park Zoo (1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston, MA 02121)
How to Register: Contact Katie Quakenbush (kquakenbush@zoonewengland.com or 617-989-2093) to register.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • March 10, 2018
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • March 24, 2018
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Michigan

Detroit Zoo's FrogWatch

Location: Detroit Zoo - Ford Education Center, Humane Science Lab (8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067)
How to Register: Register online here. Contact the chapter coordinator at 248-541-5717 ext. 3247 if you have any questions. 
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below. 

  • March 8, 2018
    5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Missouri

Saint Louis Zoo FrogWatch USA

Location: See the schedule below for more details on location.
How to Register: Call the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department at 636-949-7535 or register online here. Pre-registration is required.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below. 

  • March 16, 2018
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Broemmelsiek Park
    1795 Highway DD, Defiance, MO 63341
    Call 636-949-7535 or register online here. Pre-registration is required.
  • March 21, 2018
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Shaw Nature Reserve
    307 Pinetum Loop Rd, Gray Summit, MO 63039
    Call Rachel Weller (rachel.weller@mobot.org or 314-577-9526) to register.
  • March 28, 2018
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Shaw Nature Reserve
    307 Pinetum Loop Rd, Gray Summit, MO 63039
    Call Rachel Weller (rachel.weller@mobot.org or 314-577-9526) to register.

New York

Binghamton Zoo Bullfrogs FrogWatch USA

Location: Binghamton Zoo, Education Center (60 Morgan Rd, Binghamton, NY 13903 )
How to Register: Contact Binghamton Zoo at 607-724-5461 or email jpeeler@rossparkzoo.com to register.
Additional Details: We plan to have a fun training session including a hike to look at different habitats around the park.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • March 11, 2018
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • March 24, 2018
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Buffalo Zoo FrogWatch

Location: Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214)
How to Register: Contact Maureen Pantera (mpantera@buffalozoo.org or 716-995-6132) to register.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • March 17, 2018
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

North Carolina

North Carolina Aquarium FrogWatch USA

Location: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449 )
How to Register: To register, visit this link.
Additional Details: This is a family-friendly session for ages 8 and up.
Schedule
: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • May 19, 2018
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

WNC Nature Center FrogWatch

Location: WNC Nature Center (75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805)
How to Register: To register and for more information, please contact Lauren Pyle at lpyle@ashevillenc.gov.
Additional Details: Program is geared to those ages 10 and up. The cost is $20 per person.  Bonus: If you go out and monitor for FrogWatch 4 times after this training, you can get $10 back - ask for more details!
Schedule
: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • April 10, 2018
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

North Dakota

Minot FrogWatch

Location: Roosevelt Park Zoo (1219 E Burdick Expy, Minot, ND 58701)
How to Register: Email rpzfrogwatch@gmail.com or call (701) 857-4166 if you have any questions. Registration is not required.
Additional Details:  You'll learn a ton about North Dakota's frogs and toads.  The session is full of scavenger hunt stations, snacks, and prizes.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • April 19, 2018
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • May 5, 2018
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ohio

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium FrogWatchers

Location: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Education Auditorium (4850 W Powell Rd, Powell, OH 43065)
How to Register: Online registration required - visit https://www.columbuszoo.org/ and register under "FrogWatch" found in our "Discover" tab under "Family and Adult Programs".
Additional Details: Optional field experience available from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM on Zoo grounds (weather dependent).
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • April 7, 2018
    3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Stark Parks FrogWatch USA

Location: Sippo Lake Park (5712 12th St NW, Canton, OH 44708)
How to Register: Contact Samantha Clyde (sclyde@starkparks.com) to register.
Additional Details:  This is a 3 hour training module and will require a frog calling identification test to complete your certification. Volunteers 18+ are welcomed.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • April 31, 2018

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Zoo

Location: Philadelphia Zoo (3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104)
How to Register: Contact education@phillyzoo.org  or 215-243-5353 to register. 
Additional Details: Volunteers wanting to attend the session should park on Zoological Drive and enter the zoo through our Gate H entrance.  This is a security gate.  A guard will be present to greet you and direct you to the training location in the zoo.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • March 14, 2018 (Rescheduled from March 7)
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium FrogWatch USA

Classes are being offered at multiple locations. Please see the listings below for more details.

Stand-alone Session: 

  • March 6, 2018
    4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    Crawford County Conservation District, Woodcock Creek Nature Center
    21742 German Road, Meadville, PA 16335
    Email ee@crawfordconservation.org or call 814-763-5269 to register.
    Refreshments and a pizza dinner will be provided to participants

Multi-part Session:

  • Part 1 (Lecture Component)
    April 26, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Mercer County Conservation District @ Munnell Run Farm
    24 Avalon Court, Suite 300, Mercer, PA 16153
    Email Chris Davis (chris.davis@pitt.edu or 814-720-6614) to register.
  • Part 2 (Field Component)
    May 3, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Mercer County Conservation District @ Munnell Run Farm
    24 Avalon Court, Suite 300, Mercer, PA 16153
    Email Chris Davis (chris.davis@pitt.edu or 814-720-6614) to register.

South Carolina

Riverbanks FrogWatch USA

Location: See the schedule below for more details on location.
How to Register: Contact Grace Fields (gfields@riverbanks.org) to register.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • March 6, 2018
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Saluda Shoals Park - Environmental Education Center
    5605 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212
  • April 28, 2018
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Saluda Shoals Park - Environmental Education Center
    5605 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212

Utah

Utah's Hogle Zoo FrogWatch USA

Location: Utah's Hogle Zoo (2600 E Sunnyside Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84108)
How to Register: To sign up, or for more information, contact szgraggen@hoglezoo.org or 801-584-4551.
Schedule
: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • March 8, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • March 17, 2018
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Virginia

Virginia Zoo FrogWatch

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve (4510 Twin Pines Rd, Portsmouth, VA 23703)
How to Register: Contact yohn.sutton@norfolk.gov or james.bussey.iv@gmail.com  to register.
Schedule
: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • March 22, 2018
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Washington, DC

DOEE FrogWatch

Location: Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) Aquatic Resources Education Center in Anacostia Park (1900 Anacostia Drive SE, Washington, DC 20020 - Inside Anacostia Park, Section E)
How to Register: Register online here to attend a training session. For more information email doee.arec@dc.gov or call 202-440-3951.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below.

  • March 17, 2018
    1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

National Zoo FrogWatch

Location: See the schedule below for details on location.
How to Register: Email Matt Neff (neffm@si.edu) to register.
Schedule: Classes are currently scheduled for the dates listed below. 

  • March 8, 2018
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Huntley Meadows
    3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22306
  • March 17, 2018
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Smithsonian's National Zoo
    3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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