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FrogWatch Citizen Science Training

  • U.S. National Arboretum, Administration Building and Visitor Services Meadow Rd NE Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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You can contribute to amphibian conservation in your community by joining DOEE FrogWatch! DOEE FrogWatch Chapter Volunteers will collect and submit data on calling frogs and toads at ponds, wetlands, and streams throughout the District.

Attend one of two spring training sessions to receive instructions and resources on how to collect and submit data on local frog and toad species observations at aquatic habitats in and around the District of Columbia.

Prospective volunteers should:

  • Have an interest in frogs and toads
  • Commit to learning how to recognize frogs and toads by their unique breeding calls
  • Be willing to visit a local wetland after sunset to conduct 3 minute listening visits (Preview the protocol online at:
  • Plan to be available at least 3 times during February - August, the peak frog and toad breeding season, to monitor one or more wetlands
  • Be prepared to submit data to a DOEE FrogWatch Chapter Coordinator to be entered into a national online database
  • Attend a training hosted by DOEE Fish & Wildlife Biologists to learn how to adopt a wetland site, recognize species, and collect and submit data

This citizen science program is best suited for adults, but prospective volunteers aged 10 and up may participate alongside a trained adult volunteer.

Questions may be directed to a DOEE FrogWatch Coordinator at or by calling 202-727-7601.