Herpetological Field Day

Please join us for our 5th Annual Herpetological Field Day! Designed for kids ages 10-15 who are interested in learning field techniques associated with herpetology field work.

  • Learn how to safely identify and handle live animals in their natural habitat.
  • Discover and learn scientific standard techniques such as active and passive trapping, time constraint surveying, call counts, and data entry.
  • Students will learn how to explore different habitats and find animals in a safe manner to both themselves and the environment.
  • Three different habitats common in the Texas Hill Country, Oak-Juniper Woodland/Riparian, Valley Grassland, Upland Grassland will be visited throughout the day.
  • Data collected and species seen will be recorded and published on iNaturalist with its own project as well as the Bamberger Ranch Place page.
  • Students are welcome to bring their own devices and post observations themselves.
  • Box lunch and snacks included, parents are invited for the introduction at the Country Store and recap at Madrone Lake.
  • Come get a glimpse of what it is like to be a field biologist or as Jared likes to say be a dirt-bag biologist like him!
  • Limited to 12 students, $35 per person


0900-0930: Parent Drop-off at Hes’ Country Store; Opening remarks and introduction

0930-1100: Active and Passive Trapping, Oak-Juniper Woodland time constraint survey

1100-1230: Upland Grassland Time Constraint Survey

1230-1300: Lunch Break

1300-1500: Valley Grassland Time Constraint Survey

1530-1600: Recap and Closing Remarks; Parent Pickup

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