FrogWatch USA™ is a long-term community science monitoring program of frogs and toads.

As a volunteer-based monitoring program, FrogWatch USA™ gives people across the country an opportunity to be directly involved in gathering information that can ultimately lead to practical and workable ways to stop amphibian decline.

General information about FrogWatch can be found on the Association of Zoos and Aquarium web site.

FrogWatch information PDF

Follow @frogwatchstl on Twitter and frogwatchstl on Facebook.

Join the Saint Louis Zoo FrogWatch Chapter

You do not have to be a frog or toad expert to be help with frog conservation. All you need is an interest in frogs and toads and a willingness to participate at the level of commitment that works for you. 

Our FrogWatch community offers two great ways for St. Louisans to get involved in FrogWatch at different commitment levels. Click the tabs below to learn more. See descriptions for link to register for online trainings starting in March 2021. 

  • FrogWatch-Lite

    FrogWatch-Lite is designed as an entry-level introduction to frog and toad community science.

    To participate in FrogWatch-Lite:

    • Attend a 90-minute virtual training session
    • Commitment to collect a photo(s) and record frog call(s) and share them through the iNaturalist community science app

    Observation can be made anytime throughout the breeding season, February through August, or whenever you happen to see or hear a frog calling. There is no minimum or maximum number of observations required.

    Training

    Currently, all trainings are being offered virtually. All in-person training workshops are on hold until further notice. 

    Register for an upcoming free virtual FrogWatch-Lite training session:

     The training for FrogWatch-Lite includes:

    • Introduction to the most common frogs and toads of the St. Louis area
    • Basic auditory identification
    • Instructions on how to use the iNaturalist app
    • Ways you can get involved in the St. Louis FrogWatch community.

    To participate in the training event, you will need the following:

    • Minimum: computer or smart device with internet access and audio capabilities
    • For the best experience and use of the online platform Zoom, you will need an internet enabled device with speakers, microphone, and camera. If you are using a cell phone or tablet, you will need to download the free Zoom app.
  • FrogWatch USA™ Volunteer

    This community science opportunity goes beyond the introductory level.

    To become a FrogWatch USA™ volunteer

    • Participate in a volunteer training session (one 2½-3 hour session)
    • Commitment to monitor one of the following sites throughout the breeding season, February through August:
      1. Chapter sponsored site for at least three minutes twice a month
      2. Your own registered site for at least three minutes twice a week

    Training

    Free volunteer training is offered every spring. The training sessions are for students entering grade 9 to adults and cover all the information needed to get started and to join our FrogWatch Volunteer community.

    Currently, all trainings are being offered virtually. All in-person training workshops are on hold until further notice.

    Register for a FrogWatch volunteer training session:

    The virtual training includes:

    • Auditory identification of the common frogs and toads of Missouri 
    • FrogWatch data collection and site registration protocols

    To participate in the training event, you will need the following:

    • Minimum: computer or smart device with internet access and audio capabilities
    • For the best experience and use of the online platform Zoom, you will need an internet enabled device with speakers, microphone, and camera. If you are using a cell phone or tablet, you will need to download the free Zoom app

Volunteer Certification

Become a Certified FrogWatch Volunteer!
If you are already a FrogWatch Volunteer, why not take the next step and become a certified FrogWatch volunteer. The certification will give your data more credibility and make it even more useful in accomplishing the goals of FrogWatch USA™. You can become certified by scoring a minimum of 80% on each of the following two assessments administered by your local FrogWatch USA™ Chapter: The FrogWatch Protocol Assessment and the Frog and Toad Call Identification Assessment. To prepare for certification, review the protocols in the FrogWatch Volunteer Manual; practice identifying the frog and toad calls of our Missouri species; and then sign-up online for the next available certification session. 

Saint Louis FrogWatch Chapter Sites

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Zoo Conservation Program

The Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute Spring Peeper Program is working to identify remaining populations of urban frogs and toads in the watersheds located within the Interstate 270 beltway. Causes for the decline of spring peepers, western chorus frogs and cricket frogs in these areas are currently being studied with the hope of reestablishing viable and sustainable breeding populations in the future. Data from FrogWatch St. Louis volunteers may contribute to this conservation program.

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact the following individuals:

Michael Dawson
Conservation Education Liaison
dawson@stlzoo.org
(314) 646-4551

Keri Lammering
Conservation Education Liaison
klammering@stlzoo.org
(314) 646-4547