Reptiles & Amphibians
August 3-5, 2016
Discover the secret lives of reptile and amphibian species in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. We will focus on their specific adaptations and distributions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Emphasis will be given to general natural history of each species, including but not limited to; distribution, associations, reproduction, status, conservation, research methods, etc. Fieldwork will include surveys of populations of reptiles and amphibians using traditions methods such as cover boards, leaf liter bags, etc.
Goal: To give the student an overview of the variety, distribution, management, and natural history of reptiles and amphibians that inhabit the southern Appalachian Mountains.
Cost:$337 per person. This course may be taken in conjunction with Aquatic Ecology, which takes place August 1-3, for a combined cost of $612.
TEACHERS: After attending this program, when you bring your school group you will qualify to come free and your students will get a reduced rate on a three day or longer experience.
Specific objectives of this course are:
1. To introduce the student to reptile and amphibian taxonomy and identification.
2. To introduce the student to the distribution and habitat preferences of reptiles and amphibians in
3. To discuss the general natural history of reptiles
and amphibians in this region.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify taxonomic groups and many of the species within Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
2. Create a natural history report on both a reptile and an amphibian of their choice.
3. Identify major conservation concerns as they relate to reptiles and amphibians in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Cancellations received up to two weeks prior to the program start date will be refunded in full, minus a $50 processing fee.