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 2019 will take place June 16-21, 2019. The cost is $695.

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

Students who attend COMPASS will receive a $2,500 Montreat College scholarship.

Program Facilitator

Montreat College Instructor of Environmental Science Joshua Holbrook will be facilitating the 2019 COMPASS Herpetology Program.

 

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

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