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Amphibian Conservation and Education Project

Main Project Information
Presented By Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Goal To understand how Chytrid fungus affects amphibians.
Task Analyze water quality and test amphibians for the Chytrid fungus
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

The Amphibian Conservation Education Project aims to empower educators, students, and individuals to become involved in amphibian conservation efforts.

Through this project, participants will become field scientists by analyzing water quality and testing amphibians for the disease, Chytrid Fungus. Collected data is then used by local herpetologists (scientists who study reptiles and amphibians) to gain a better understanding of the species of amphibians being affected by the disease and where Chytrid is being spread.

How to Join

Visit Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium website for teaching resources, videos, curriculum, data collection protocol, and information on how to get started on this project.

Please make sure to follow data collection protocol carefully to avoid spreading disease or harming amphibians.

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Expenses $25
Required Gear

Some equipment is optional. Please refer to the protocol for more specific information, which is available at

- Water quality testing materials
- Camera
- Local amphibian field guide
- Waders
- Nets
- Chytrid sampling kits (see project website)

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, At home, In snow or rain, On a walk, run, At school, At night
Class Materials
Tags amphibians, animals, conservation, data, disease, ecology, environment, field, frogs, fungus, herpetology, herps, newts, pH, salamanders, toads, water quality, wildlife
Project Updated 05/23/2018