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Posted by Chris on October 16, 1998 at 11:05:03:
In Reply to: Herps in School posted by Mike on October 14, 1998 at 08:49:02:
I currently run a herp lab at a middle school in TX. It took a little while to convince everyone from the other teachers to the administration to build it but it now exists. I keep a large collection of various herps from corn snakes to crocodile monitors and alligators on display. The students are responsible for care and presentations with the more docile animals. We generally run from 1-5000 students from the 1st through the 8th grade every year. We focus on environmental role, habits, structures and physiology, and habitat. We also breed select species. The program has gotten considerable media attention and is really a unique addition to a school environment. If you have any questions I'll be glad to answer them the best I can. The hardest part of the deal other than the always interesting battle for funding is the time needed in the summer to clean and work with a large collection. Read alot of volunteer summer service. Of course it all depends on the scale you with which you build your program.