Monitoring Amphibians

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In this field study, learners discover how to collect data in the field and how their efforts can help certain animals, specifically, amphibians. The field study allows learners to go into the field, collect data, and share it on Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo Amphibian Database.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
2 to 4 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Field Trip, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • GPS
  • Digital camera
  • Amphibian field guide for the area
  • Waders
  • Nets
  • Cotton swabs (sterile swabs on 2mm-diameter plastic without adhesive)
  • 2-mL tubes with screw caps
  • 70% ethanol
  • Powder-free nitrile or vinyl gloves
  • 4 zip-loc bags
  • 1 alcohol-resistant permanent marker
  • Data forms and clip boards
  • Water quality test kits


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Protists and Fungi
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Populations
      • Human Impact
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Acids and Bases
      • Chemistry of Life
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Risks and Benefits
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
    • Science as a Career
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and the Environment

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Citizen Science
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, 2011

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