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     Jr. Herpetologists/Reptile Club

The Reptile club is open to all students k-8. Meetings are not mandatory but are highly educational, exciting and provide hands on experiences with reptiles and amphibians. Students learn about animals, participate in activities, observe and handle animals and establish relationships that last beyond the meeting.
Meetings are typically 1 ½ hours in duration and parents are not expected to attend.
Meeting dates are the first Thursday of the month.
Parents please read the permission slip and either print, sign and have your child bring it to the Reptile Club Meeting; or send an email to Mrs. Boehmer at stating that you have read the permission slip and allow your child to fully participate in the club.

See Mrs. Boehmer for more information.


2014 Update

PERMISSION SLIP                                            ANIMALS ON CAMPUS  

STUDENT CONTRACT                        

Description and Objectives 

George Kelly Elementary School’s Reptile Club is an afterschool program designed to

enrich student learning and participation in science including biology, ecology, and

geography while simultaneously promoting student awareness of current conservation

and environmental issues. Students are exposed to and learn about a variety of reptiles

and amphibians from around the world--their diets, habitats, anatomy, distribution, and

their roles within their own unique ecosystems. Heavy emphasis is placed on identifying

and understanding native species. 


In addition to learning in an interactive classroom environment, students will have

opportunities gain added knowledge and experience by participating in field trips with

local herpetologists. Students will also be able to pass on the knowledge they gain

through the program by participating in community education events organized by

Central Valley Herpetological Society and culminating in northern California’s largest

annual reptile event—the Sacramento Reptile Show. 


Part of SAVE THE FROGS’ mission is to educate the youth of today by giving them the opportunity to learn more about our fragile planet and how our actions have greatly affected species world-wide. Using amphibians as a model, SAVE THE FROGS takes students around the world to learn about the threats facing amphibians and what they can do to protect them. The students will learn about the importance of amphibians in ecosystems and what consequences occur when they are removed. They will learn about how amphibians benefit humans, by being bio-indicators, used for medicinal research, and more. They will also learn fascinating facts about amphibian ecology and natural history, including the amazing process of metamorphosis and how some amphibians use poison to deter predators. This presentation features many photos of amphibians from around the world, and there will be a question and answer session following the presentation.


Operation of the club would function through elected student officers working with a

teacher advisor and representative from Central Valley Herpetological Society. 



Similar programs have run for several years with great success in neighboring school

districts—though not associated or affiliated with this program and Central Valley

Herpetological Society.


The program is flexible and may be applied, adjusted, and modified to comply with any

regulations, standards, and prohibitions within the school district and George Kelly

Elementary School. 


The program’s main objective is to plant seeds of interest and enthusiasm for science in

students who will cultivate their experiences into a lifelong pursuit of knowledge and an

appreciation for the biological sciences. 


Education animals will be provided by the CVHS representative at each gathering  and will not remain in the classroom after each the meetings.

Field Trips

Students will be invited to participate in weekend field trips conducted by CVHS officers throughout the year. Students may be accompanied by parents or legal guardians.

Field trips include searching different habitats for a range of reptiles & amphibians native to California. Students will learn how, where, and when to search for individual species. They will be introduced to proper field etiquette and will learn to identify a number of species. 

Native Herpetofauna

Lessons will heavily cover Northern California’s native reptiles and amphibians. These will include local snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, and salamanders.

(The following species live in habitat around or near George Kelly Elementary School)


-          Pacific Gopher Snake

-          California Kingsnake

-          Northern Pacific Rattlesnake

-          California Glossy Snake

-          Night Snake

-          Long-nosed Snake

-          San Joaquin County Coachwhip

-          Western Yellow-bellied Racer

-          Black-headed Snake  

-          Valley Garter Snake

-          Diablo Range Garter Snake

-          Mountain Kingsnake


-          Western Fence Lizard

-          Side-blotched Lizard

-          California Whiptail Lizard

-          Coastal Horned Lizard

-          Southern Alligator Lizard


-          Western Pond Turtle

-          Red-eared Slider


-          American Bullfrog

-          Pacific Chorus Frog

-          California Red-legged Frog

-          California Toad

-          Western Spadefoot Toad


-          California Tiger Salamander

-          California Giant Salamander

-          California Newt

-          Ensatina

-          California Slender Salamander