The purpose of Herpetological Research Experiences (HREs) was to expose participants to ecological fieldwork by engaging in a variety of field science projects related to local reptile and amphibian species. HREs began with summer field research experiences for rising 9th through 12th graders. These residential experiences transformed participants’ understanding and appreciation of the natural sciences as they collected data on specific reptiles, amphibians and their habitats. After the summer program, HRE participants had the opportunity to engage in a variety of field trip experiences during the academic year. Scientific information gathered during HREs was submitted to databases utilized by citizen scientists as well as professional herpetologists. Students also contributed by sharing what they learned at informal educational events.