Course Introduces Children to Herpetology

BURLINGTON – Children of all ages are invited to sign up for “Croak, Slither and Slide,” a six-week exploration of frogs, snakes, salamanders, turtles and other reptiles and amphibians.

The free herpetology course, offered by University of Vermont Extension 4-H, will delve into the life cycles, habitats and food sources of a number of species found in New England and beyond. Participants also will learn about the cultural connections and body dynamics, among other topics.

Sessions will be held via Zoom from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on six consecutive Thursday afternoons. The dates are April 15, 22 and 29 and May 6, 13 and 20.

Weekly sessions will include do-at-home crafts. These include making homemade slime, fingerprint casts, a paper chameleon and an origami frog that hops. Participants also will create an amphibian or reptile life cycle on paper or with clay and become a citizen scientist by searching for vernal pools, making a sound map and signing up to be a salamander crossing guard.

Registration is required. To register, go to

Closed captioning will be provided for this program. To request an additional disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact Liz Kenton at or (802) 257-7967, ext. 308.

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