FrogWatch USA Chapter Coordinator Training

FrogWatch USA chapter coordinators are key to the social and scientific success of this national citizen science program. Chapter coordinators recruit and support local volunteers through training, assistance, and continued communication. They also help ensure the quality and integrity of data generated for the program. This self-paced, interactive training course guides you through the training and resources needed to host a local FrogWatch USA chapter and defines your roles and responsibilities as a FrogWatch USA chapter coordinator. Specific topics include:

  • FrogWatch USA background
    • Program objectives and fundamentals
    • National coordination and infrastructure
    • The significance of citizen science investigations
  • Chapter Coordination
    • How to create and manage a FrogWatch USA chapter
    • Your roles as a FrogWatch USA chapter coordinator and tips for success
  • Volunteer Training Session Preparation
    • Amphibian ecology, global amphibian decline, and conservation
    • Wetland recognition, site selection, and registration introduction
    • Localizing a species list and creating a field guide
  • Volunteer recruitment and management techniques
  • FrogWatch USA data collection
    • Registering a survey site
    • Monitoring protocols
  • Volunteer assessments and certification
  • Data submission and communication procedures
  • Promotion, public relations, and marketing for chapters
  • Online data entry, review, and exploration

The FrogWatch USA Online Data Entry & Exploration Course is a separate module that is included in this course package.

By completing the course, you will receive:

  • A Certificate of Completion;
  • The AZA FrogWatch USATM Program logo;
  • The FrogWatch USATM Chapter Manual and application;
  • The FrogWatch USATM Chapter Coordinator Resource Manual complete with templates for recruitment flyers, reports, certificates, volunteer tracking, and training materials;
  • The FrogWatch USATM Volunteer Manual  that outlines the goals and protocols of the FrogWatch USA program that may be distributed to your chapter volunteers;
  • A series of PowerPoint presentations with photos, maps, and descriptions of many common frogs and toads that can be easily adapted to reflect local species;
  • Handouts and PowerPoints for entering and exploring FrogWatch USA data online; and
  • A variety of materials for recognizing wetland types and assisting volunteers with frog and toad call recognition.

Course Fee: $20 for AZA individual members; $25 for non-members. The FrogWatch USA Data Entry and Exploration Course module is included as part of this package; there is no need to register separately. The course fee is temporarily suspended during the COVID pandemic.

Course Expiration: 12 months from start.

Course Duration: 4 to 6 hours. You may exit the course and resume learning at any time within 12 months from starting the course. Downloadable materials are yours to save and keep for future reference.

Questions? Email or call 301-244-3342.