Welcome to SAVE THE FROGS! Academy, the world's premier academic institution teaching the skills required to save Earth's wildlife from extinction! Though the Academy is based out of SAVE THE FROGS! World Headquarters in California, we encourage students from around the world to take our online courses.
The mission of SAVE THE FROGS! Academy is to produce environmental conservationists whose skills and experience will enable them to protect wildlife anywhere on the planet, and to direct every student's energy towards relevant amphibian conservation projects that produce true benefits for nature and wildlife. This serves the dual purpose of increasing our organization’s total conservation output while ensuring we have highly-trained amphibian conservationists far into the future.
At SAVE THE FROGS! Academy, students will develop and implement real-world amphibian conservation projects under the direct supervision of SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and other SAVE THE FROGS! instructors. Students will take classes (online or in-person); conduct independent projects; do fieldwork; give public presentations; interact with politicians, businesses, student groups and other nonprofits; and acquire a broad range of skills and experiences they are unlikely to acquire in a traditional university setting. The curriculum was created by Dr. Kriger specifically to give you the same skill set he used to create a worldwide SAVE THE FROGS! movement and the skills he uses on a daily basis to save frogs and grow the movement.
By the time you graduate from SAVE THE FROGS! Academy, you will have learned about amphibians, ecology, environmental education, business, marketing, campaigning, fundraising and nonprofit management. You will have conducted or assisted with scientific research on amphibians in the field; educated your local politicians about frogs; given presentations in schools; created webpages and newsletters; written and published articles; organized your own Save The Frogs Day event; made many valuable professional connections; raised funds for frog conservation selling eco-friendly frog merchandise that YOU created. You may have even organized and led a protest if you were so inspired!
Each SAVE THE FROGS! Academy class will explore a different topic relevant to amphibian conservation and students will be actively helping SAVE THE FROGS! accomplish its mission of protecting amphibian populations and promoting a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Classes are led by SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and other experienced amphibian conservationists. We have currently designed nearly 60 different classes. Learn about the classes here!
- One-on-one supervision
- Academy Conferences, in which students learn about and discuss the issue at hand, provide updates on their projects; receive advice from other students; and give advice to other student's regarding those students' projects.
- Experience solving real-world environmental issues
- The thrill and satisfaction of helping SAVE THE FROGS!
- Certificate and T-shirt.
- Good stories to tell potential future employers; improved resume
- The student's project will be highlighted on savethefrogs.com and via our electronic newsletter.
We aim to have an impressive list of accomplishments that were generated by Academy students, and you can be a part of that!
The SAVE THE FROGS! Scholarship Fund was created to fund awards to cover the tuition of talented environmental conservationists as they train at SAVE THE FROGS! Academy. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us increase the number of amphibian conservationists in the world. It will also yield tangible conservation results as each student's project accomplishes a result of value to the overall SAVE THE FROGS! movement. So the more scholarships we are able to award, the more frogs we will save! Students of all nationalities, ethnicities and backgrounds are eligible for the scholarships. To donate to the Scholarship Fund, simply donate and then email us asking us to direct your contribution to the fund.
Learn all about the Scholarship Fund here.
SAVE THE FROGS! will tailor your coursework to your educational standing, whether you are in university, graduate school or you are working professionally. We also plan to have classes for students not yet at the university level.
Students can be located anywhere in the world so long as they have regular access to quality internet (we will need to use Skype and webinar software that requires relatively fast internet). Students also have the option to have their one-on-one meetings at SAVE THE FROGS! World Headquarters in Santa Cruz.
Dedicated students of any age are encouraged to apply to SAVE THE FROGS! Academy. Our first priority in 2013 is to get classes for adult students (university-level and higher) underway and running efficiently. Depending on interest level we will offer various classes specifically intended for younger students as well. So please apply and let's see what happens!
Students should not apply unless they are confident they can create the approximately 8 hours per credit necessary to complete each class. The eight hours include class time, phone calls and meetings with instructors, and time spent researching, writing and saving the frogs. We are flexible in creating meeting schedules with students.
We seek students who are dedicated to environmental conservation and the SAVE THE FROGS! mission. There will be competition for the spaces and especially for scholarships, so we expect students to do their best to excel!
Each class you successfully complete will earn you a predetermined number of credits. Each credit implies you completed approximately 8 hours of work (total for class time, conference time, meeting time, research, action, followups, etc), and have thus acquired one day's worth of frog-saving knowledge. Credits are not currently transferrable to other universities, though we do hope to get accredited in the future. Regardless, the knowledge and experience you gain is more valuable than any credit! Our credits are primarily a way to track your progress, efforts and achievement.
A student graduates from SAVE THE FROGS! Academy when they have acquired 365 credits and fulfilled the minimum required set forth by each academic department. By taking classes from each department, students get a well-rounded experience. After completing 365 credits, you will have spent a full year of your life saving frogs and we are certain that you will be a highly refined, well-rounded frog saver prepared to save the frogs and the planet! We will be proud to call you a Graduate of SAVE THE FROGS! Academy! We will also soon unveil a system of acknowledging advancement through the Academy on your path towards graduation. Please note that you are welcome to take Academy classes even if you have no plans to take 365 credits worth of classes.
Are you dedicated to amphibian conservation and open to new experiences? If so, we welcome your application to SAVE THE FROGS! Academy. If approved, you will be eligible for classes at any point in the future provided you are in good standing. All students must apply for enrollment, whether they plan to take only a single class or every class the Academy offers. Applications must be received at least 14 days prior to a student's first class at SAVE THE FROGS! Academy.
"Kerry, What an excellent plan! If we can collaborate with you in the future along the lines of your Academy here in VA, please let me know. Continued CONGRATULATIONS on the remarkable international success of STF! Cheers, Mike"
-- Michael Hayslett, M.S.; Departments of Biology & Environmental Studies; Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia
"I'm going to apply for the SAVE THE FROGS! Academy - work on the application and then hope for the best! Seemed like a dream come true when your site mentioned it! It's a fabulous idea...to grow the educational and conservation efforts. You'll be that much more effective with the graduates going on to assist your endeavours. Nice. I hope to be a part of it, one way or another. I'm so glad I found out STF and even got to meet you. Thank you...for what you do."
-- Choti Singh, SAVE THE FROGS! Member, Denver, CO
"This is so awesome, and has so much potential! The whole thing is really a terrific idea, Kerry!"
-- Deborh Theisen; Tampa, Florida