The 2015 class of the TN Naturalist @ Ijams met last Saturday for their fifth in a series of 12 classes. This time it was a brief look at herpetology.
In the morning, Dr. Louise Conrad taught the reptile portion of the curriculum and after a lunch break, Stephen Lyn Bales followed up with amphibians. After indoor workshops, both sessions explored the many places and ponds at the nature center looking for "herps," i.e. snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, toads, salamanders and newts.
This is the third year that Ijams is involved in this state-wide program. In addition to the 12 classes, students must put in 40 hours of volunteer work at Ijams or elsewhere. After all the classes and volunteer requirements are met, the students become certified Tennessee Naturalists.