FrogWatch of the Flint Hills

What is FrogWatch


Have a passion for conservation? Want to contribute to ongoing scientific research? Join our local chapter of FrogWatch USA at Sunset Zoo. FrogWatch of the Flint Hills is a citizen-science initiative that empowers community members to learn about their local wetlands and aid in the critical process of identifying local frog and toad species. The data collected by local citizens is shared nationally and influences conservation work. After completing training, volunteers collect data during evenings from February through August. Volunteers must complete one of two training sessions offered each spring comprised of three, two-hour classes; attendance at all three dates of a session is mandatory.

FrogWatch is a great way for individuals, groups and families to get involved in local conservation efforts. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult; monitoring occurs after dark, therefore participation may be best suited for those 13 and older.

Why Amphibians?


The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimates that at least one-third of known amphibian species are threatened with extinction; a rate significantly higher than bird or mammal populations. As a FrogWatch Volunteer, you'll assist with a survey of amphibians. This data will increase our understanding of the local population and its trends, informing future conservation efforts.



Become a FrogWatch Volunteer


If you are interested in becoming a certified FrogWatch volunteer you must attend three, two-hour training sessions. You will learn about amphibians, wetlands, data collection protocols and how to identify our local species by their call. Trainings are offered annually in the spring; see below for upcoming training dates. All ages are welcome to become volunteers, however children must be accompanied by an adult. If you have any questions or would like more information email Sunset Zoo's Education Specialist, Nicole Wade.

2017 Training Dates

Volunteers must complete one of two training sessions offered each spring comprised of three, two-hour classes; attendance at all three dates of a session is mandatory.

  • Training Session #1: Thursdays // February 16, February 23 & March 9 // 6pm - 8pm
  • Training Session #2: Thursdays // March 30, April 6 & April 20 // 6pm - 8pm

Fees & Registration Information

As part of Sunset Zoo's commitment to inspire conservation of the natural world, we offer FrogWatch training to everyone interested at no cost. If you are interested in becoming a certified FrogWatch USA volunteer, please contact Nicole Wade at 785-587-2737 or wade@cityofmhk.com to reserve your spot. Space is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.