FrogWatch of the Flint Hills
What is FrogWatch
Have a passion for conservation? Want to contribute to ongoing scientific research? Join our local chapter of FrogWatch USA at Sunset Zoo. FrogWatch of the Flint Hills is a citizen-science initiative that empowers community members to learn about their local wetlands and aid in the critical process of identifying local frog and toad species. The data collected by local citizens is shared nationally and influences conservation work. After completing training, volunteers collect data during evenings from February through August. Volunteers must complete one of two training sessions offered each spring comprised of three, two-hour classes; attendance at all three dates of a session is mandatory.
FrogWatch is a great way for individuals, groups and families to get involved in local conservation efforts. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult; monitoring occurs after dark, therefore participation may be best suited for those 14 and older. If you have a preteen excited about conservation, check out our new FrogWatch for Families program in April! FrogWatch for Families is targeting those 10-13 years of age, but those slightly younger and slightly older may also enjoy this program.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimates that at least one-third of known amphibian species are threatened with extinction; a rate significantly higher than bird or mammal populations. As a FrogWatch Volunteer, you'll assist with a survey of amphibians. This data will increase our understanding of the local population and its trends, informing future conservation efforts.
Become a FrogWatch Volunteer
If you are interested in becoming a certified FrogWatch volunteer you must attend three, two-hour training sessions. You will learn about amphibians, wetlands, data collection protocols and how to identify our local species by their call. Trainings are offered annually in the spring; see below for upcoming training dates. All ages are welcome to become volunteers, however children must be accompanied by an adult. If you have any questions or would like more information email Sunset Zoo's Programs and Education Animals Manager, Nicole Wade.
2018 Training DatesVolunteers must complete one of two training sessions offered each spring comprised of three, two-hour classes; attendance at all three dates of a session is mandatory. *Still time to register for the first training session! Dates changed due to weather!
- Training Session #1: Thursdays // March 1, March 8, March 15 // 6pm - 8pm
- Training Session #2: Thursdays // March 29 , April 5 & April 12 // 6pm - 8pm
- FrogWatch for Families Training Session: Saturdays // April 7, April 14 & April 28 // 9am - 12pm
Fees & Registration InformationAs part of Sunset Zoo's commitment to inspire conservation of the natural world, we offer FrogWatch training to everyone interested at no cost. If you are interested in becoming a certified FrogWatch USA volunteer, please register by using the following link FrogWatch Registration 2018. Space is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you would like to register for the FrogWatch for Families program please register by using following link: FrogWatch for Families Registration 2018.
For more information please contact Nicole Wade at 785-587-2737 or email@example.com to reserve your spot.