Host a FrogWatch USA Chapter

Benefits of Hosting a Chapter

Establishing a FrogWatch USA chapter supports a national network of FrogWatch USA chapters and volunteers that together provide large-scale, long-term data and contribute to amphibian conservation. The FrogWatch USA chapter network also promotes institutions and groups within their local community and links ex-situ programs to in-situ conservation at zoos and aquariums.

Some incentives for starting a local FrogWatch USA chapter include:

  • Being affiliated with AZA’s flagship citizen science program
  • Being part of a national conservation initiative that includes over fifteen years of data from every state in the United States
  • In-person and online training opportunities for chapter coordinators
  • Receiving free training and promotional materials
  • Networking opportunities among chapters
  • Improving the data quality of a national citizen science program
  • Providing a credible forum for educating, discussing, and engaging your community in local environmental issues
  • Creating a community of enthusiastic and consistently trained FrogWatch USA volunteers poised to become community advocates on behalf of your institution’s broader conservation objectives.

Learn what chapter coordinators have reported about their chapters' experiences:

Chapter Coordinator Training

FrogWatch USA online training courses are available! The chapter coordinator training course is a self-paced, interactive module that provides you with the resources needed to host a local FrogWatch USA chapter, and defines your roles and responsibilities as a chapter coordinator. Learn more and enroll. 

AZA offered in-person chapter coordinator training workshops throughout the country with the support of National Science Foundation grant funding from 2010-2014. FrogWatch USA regional coordinators continue to offer in-person chapter coordinator workshops. There are currently no scheduled coordinator-led workshops - but check back regularly for more updates.

Apply to Host a Chapter

Download the FrogWatch USA Chapter Manual to learn more about coordinator responsibilities, the support each chapter will receive from AZA, the national FrogWatch USA infrastructure, and to obtain a chapter application. Complete and email the application to frogwatch@aza.org.

It should take 2-4 weeks for AZA to process these applications. Once processed, the AZA FrogWatch USA coordinator will contact the chapter coordinators to answer questions, discuss chapter coordinator training, and provide FrogWatch USA materials.


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