I have been presenting outreach educational programs since 1983, presenting live amphibians and reptiles to local schools (pre-school - 12th grade), museums, and university events. My aim is to educate kids and adults on the natural history, behavior, and evolution of local and exotic amphibians and reptiles. One goal is to have students and the public become comfortable with these animals and to see that they are docile and interesting creatures. A message we aim to present is that these animals are an important part of our ecosystem and possess many interesting adaptive traits. We stress that they do not need to be feared and should be protected rather than harmed.
I welcome inquires from teachers interested in having us come to their class to present a program on amphibians and reptiles. I recommend first that the teacher checks with their school administration to obtain permission for the presentation of live animals in their classroom. We have spoken to a class as small as 15 students to a gymnasium of over 200 students. For classroom presentations, we allow the animals to be touched and held by students.
I also welcome the opportunity to speak to local groups about the biology of amphibians and reptiles, the evolution of physiological adaptations, and our use of pythons in biomedical research of digestive and cardiovascular systems.
UA Museum of Natural History