FrogWatch USA Volunteer Training

FrogWatch USA volunteers generate valuable science-based information on frog and toad populations, distribution, and seasonal timing (phenology). Data are collected nationwide by a community of volunteer citizen scientists, date back to 1998, and can be used by land managers, researchers, educators, and decision makers, or anybody else with an interest in frogs and toads. Volunteers receive training in-person at a local chapter or by taking this online course when an in-person session is not available. This online FrogWatch USA Volunteer Training Course gives you the training and tools needed to become a successful citizen scientist with FrogWatch USA.

Topics include:

  • FrogWatch USA history and the significance of citizen science investigations
  • Amphibian ecology, global amphibian decline, and conservation
  • Wetland recognition, site selection, and registration introduction
  • Localizing a species list and creating a field guide
  • Data collection: Selecting and registering a survey site; monitoring protocols
  • Volunteer assessments and certification
  • Data submission and communication procedures
  • Online data entry, review, and exploration

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

Course Fee: $10 for AZA individual members; $15 for non-members. The FrogWatch USA Data Entry and Exploration Course 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: 3 to 4 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.