Join Phinizy Center Education and Research staff for a 4-week Field Herpetology Course to study native amphibians and reptiles. 

The course will introduce participants to the cryptic and amazing world of herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles) while enhancing skills needed for quick field identification. We will take advantage of our beautiful 1,100 acre backyard here at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park for much of our field time, but will also venture off site to explore other habitat types. Participants will gain a better appreciation for our native cold-blooded inhabitants as we study their ecology and behavior in the field. This course is based entirely on field methods used to capture and observe amphibians and reptiles up close. All animals will be released after observation.

This course will include field study, classroom discussion, and home-reading suggestions. Come explore the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians with us this spring! Download the full brochure here.

Dates: To Be Announced
Time: 10 AM – 4 PM
Registration: The registration fee is $215 and you will become a Friend of Phinizy. Already a Friend of Phinizy? Pay only $180!

For more information, please call call 706-796-7707 or email

What is Field Herpetology?

Herpetology is a branch of zoology that focuses on the study of amphibians and reptiles. Field herpetology takes that observation of ‘herps’ outdoors!

Topics Will Include:

  • Native Amphibians and Reptiles in the CSRA
  • Safe Handling Techniques
  • Identification of Species by: Physical Characteristics, Behavior, Habitat, Geography & Vocalization
  • Field Techniques Used to Observe Herps, Including: Drift Fences, Pitfall Traps, Cover Boards & More!