Conserving Vermont’s Reptiles

Learn the identification, natural history, survey techniques, conservation, and management of Vermont’s turtles, snakes, and lizards with herpetologist Jim Andrews. The class will begin with five 1.5-hour Zoom presentations, then you’ll head to the field for three 6.5-hour field trips. During those trips, we will find and discuss a selection of Vermont’s reptiles while reviewing the material from the lectures and discussing conservation management.

Remote Zoom classes will be held from 7 PM to 8:30 PM Monday evenings. The field trips will begin with one Saturday-Sunday weekend, followed by a Saturday trip (see itinerary), during which we’ll visit reptile habitat in west-central Vermont. This class is not graded and there is no homework, but you will be encouraged to get out on your own, document some Vermont reptiles, and apply some reptile conservation measures.

The class is open to the public and designed for adult professionals working in land management and conservation, naturalists of all levels, and life-long learners. The field trips will be off trail but only moderately challenging.

Past students have used this course to meet various certification credit requirements for professional development.

Course fee: $270

We have applied for course accreditation from the Society of American Foresters. Assuming we receive accreditation (which we did for its sister-course, Conserving Vermont’s Amphibians), participants will likely receive 27 Category 1 Continuing Forester Education SAF credits. We will let you know as soon as SAF reviews and responds to our application. 

Download a detailed, printable course schedule

This course includes 27 hours of instruction, which begins January 31, 2022 and ends Saturday, May 21, 2022. See course itinerary (above) for details. 

Zoom lectures: The course includes five 1.5-hour evening Zoom lectures on Jan 31, Feb 14, Feb 28, March 21, and April 4. 

Field trips: The course includes three Saturday field trips, with instruction from 9am-3:30pm.

Limit: 18 participants