Course introduces kids to herpetology

Kids 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 3:30-4:30 p.m. on six consecutive Thursday afternoons. The dates are April 15, 22 and 29 and May 6, 13 and 20.

Registration is required.

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

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.

To learn about this course and other learning activities for kids, check out the website.