The purpose of Herpetological Research Experiences (HREs) is to expose participants to ecological fieldwork by engaging in a variety of field science projects related to local reptile and amphibian species. HREs begin with summer field research experiences for rising 9th through 12th graders. These residential experiences transform participants’ understanding and appreciation of the natural sciences as they collect data on specific reptiles, amphibians and their habitats. After the summer program, HRE participants have the opportunity to engage in a variety of field trip experiences during the academic year. Scientific information gathered during HREs is submitted to databases utilized by citizen scientists as well as professional herpetologists. Students also contribute by sharing what they learn at informal educational events.
Located near Hillsborough, NC, Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center’s (CCR) HRE focuses on species found in the Eastern Piedmont. Participating students spend a week during the summer studying herps and herp habitats.
Located near Burlington, NC, this HRE focuses on species found in the Central Piedmont. Students participating in this HRE are part of a 4-week residential summer session, attending additional programs as part of the Elon Academy.