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, 3-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 14 and older. If you have a preteen excited about conservation, check out our new FrogWatch for Families program! FrogWatch for Families is targeting those 9-13 years of age. We have found that the curriculum is too advanced for our younger audiences and they get bored easily. Please keep this in mind when registering. We do provide study materials that you can share with the whole family!

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.



2019 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. *Still time to register for the first training session! Dates changed due to weather!

  • Training Session #1 (14+) // Feb 21, Feb 28, & March 7 // 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Training Session #2 (14+) // April 4, April 11, April 18 // 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • FrogWatch for Families Training Session (9-13 yrs w/adult) // March 30, April 6, April 13 // 9:00am - 12:00pm 

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 register by using the following link FrogWatch Registration 2019Space is limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information please contact Nicole Wade at 785-587-2737 or wade@cityofmhk.com