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Day 1: Salamanders

Day one is devoted to salamanders. Did you know there are 14 species of salamander in metro Atlanta?

Day 2: Frogs

On day two we explore the group of tail-less amphibians — frogs and toads

Day 3: Turtles

There are 2 types of people — those that love turtles and those that don't know they love them yet

Day 4: Lizards

A fascinating group of animals that come in all shapes and sizes from the tiniest geckos to the Komodo dragon!

Day 5: Snakes

Hands down the most feared animals in the reptile kingdom. However, they are also one of the most captivating
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Critter Camp and COVID-19

We are pleased to be offering our in-person Critter Camps this summer, 2024 in Decatur and Atlanta!
Click here to learn more about how Critter Camp will operate safely this summer.

Critter Camp Registration and Availability

Critter Camp registration for Summer 2024 is open!

Some weeks sell out quickly, so if you are interested, please register soon.

R e g i s t e r

Critter Camp is held throughout the summer and school year. We offer camp at two main locations: The Friends School of Atlanta in Decatur and at the Amphibian Foundation in Buckhead. Register today to learn all about amphibian and reptile critters! 

You can reach us by email ribbit@critter-camp.org or by phone at 562 7 RIBBIT (742248)

Critter Camp Overview

Our goal is to introduce children to the exciting biodiversity of amphibians and reptiles, using these animals to illustrate aspects of biology and ecology.

The camps are small (maximum of 12 campers per session) and will be focused on tropical animals, as well as native species.

Campers will be encouraged to ask questions about the animals and discover their own answers through hands-on observation. Safe animal handling, including biosecurity will be taught and implemented at the beginning of the camp, and maintained vigilantly throughout. Over one hundred animals from around the world will be available for this camp. This includes (most of) the major amphibian groups: frogs, toads, salamanders and newts as well as the reptile groups: turtles, tortoises, lizards and snakes. Campers will learn 'fun facts' about each group: their life cycles, where and how they live, how they reproduce, and their defense strategies. Campers will learn things like what makes a frog a toad, and what makes a turtle a tortoise. Campers will also learn how to identify frog species by their call and tadpole!


Diversity and Inclusion Statement


Best of Decatur 2019 - 2021

Best Science Academy

Happy Campers

  • image Particular attention will be paid to the biology, diversity, stewardship and conservation of amphibians and reptiles.

    Kids love critters

  • image Campers learn how to handle animals in a way that is safe for children, instructors and animals.

    Safe handling and sharing

  • image Instructors are experienced amphibian education and outreach professionals

    Young and hatchling critters

  • image Campers work together to ask questions and find the answers (with guidance from our instructors)

    Group and Individual activities

  • image Weather permitting, we will be outside part of the day conducting reptile and amphibian surveys. Bring appropriate outdoor clothes!

    Indoor and outdoor activities

  • image Some of the animals will need care, so campers will learn how to care for the critters, feed them or take them for walks

    Animal care and husbandry

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Some weeks have started to sell out! Are you interested in a week that is currently sold out?

Please sign up for the Wait List, and we will let you know if a spot opens.

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  • Indoor Activities +

    Sculpt animals with Sculpy • Create and draw your own animals and adaptations • Investigate relationships between critter groups • Frog call workshop
  • Outdoor Activities +

    Amphibian surveys • Animal care and husbandry • scent trail (pheromone) game • Frog call game
  • Research Activities +

    Anatomical activities • Web of life • Phylogeny and relationships between critter groups • Prehistoric amphibians and reptiles • Animal surveys
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