COMPASS Herpetology Program

Herpetology Summer Immersion Program

The Herpetology program is designed for students who enjoy getting their hands dirty and have a strong interest in nature. Students will explore the amazing world of amphibians and reptiles through a blend of classroom and field sessions. Encounter a variety of animals up-close to learn about the ecology and conservation of amphibians and reptiles.

COMPASS 2020 will be held the weeks of June 21 and 28, 2020. More details will be posted this September.

What You’ll Experience

Topics

  • Salamanders
  • Snakes
  • Charismatic Herps and Habitat
  • Frogs in the Carolina Sandhills

Hands-On Experience

  • Salamander Night Hikes
  • Dissection of the Burmese Python
  • Road Cruising
  • Hellbender Search
  • Camping in the Carolina Sandhills
  • Frog Surveys
A Day in the Life
  • 7:30-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 8:45-10:15 a.m.: Session 1 – Charismatic Herps and Keystone Species
  • 10:15-10:30 a.m.: Break
  • 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Session 2 – Burmese Python Dissection
  • 12-1 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:15-2:45 p.m.: Session 3 – Snake Behaviors
  • 2:45-3 p.m.: Break
  • 3-4:30 p.m.: Session 4 – Snake Behaviors
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Free Time
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner
  • 6:30-10 p.m.: Evening Activity – Hellbender Search
  • 10 p.m.: Lights Out
  • 7:30-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 8:45-10:15 a.m.: Session 1 – Charismatic Herps and Keystone Species
  • 10:15-10:30 a.m.: Break
  • 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Session 2 – Burmese Python Dissection
  • 12-1 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:15-2:45 p.m.: Session 3 – Snake Behaviors
  • 2:45-3 p.m.: Break
  • 3-4:30 p.m.: Session 4 – Snake Behaviors
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Free Time
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner
  • 6:30-10 p.m.: Evening Activity – Hellbender Search
  • 10 p.m.: Lights Out
 

Where You’ll Be

Montreat College is part of the Asheville area’s vibrant cultural life. Explore the countless outdoor activities that make Western NC an international destination for adventure seekers.

Where You'll Stay

COMPASS attendees will stay in newly-renovated Anderson Residence Hall. Rooms include two twin beds, two dressers, two desks, two chairs, two closets, one or two bookcases, and a private restroom.

Where You'll Eat

COMPASS attendees will dine in Howerton Dining Hall, which features multiple dining options to accommodate individuals with dietary preferences and allergies.

FAQs for Students and Parents

Pre-register for COMPASS

Students will now have two opportunities to attend COMPASS in 2020 during the weeks of June 21 and June 28! We invite all interested students to complete our free online Pre-Registration Form to stay up-to-date with the newest details as they become available.