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  • What level of knowledge do I need to take this course?
    The course is suitable for participants with a variety of backgrounds and levels of knowledge. However we do ask that you review your Ontario reptile and amphibian species ID prior to the course. We have some supplemental lessons on Ontario species ID but it is not the main focus of this course.
  • Will the course be cancelled if the weather forecast is bad?
    The course will go ahead rain or shine, so please come prepared for all types of weather. In the case of inclement weather, we do our best to rearrange the course schedule so that field trips are during the best possible conditions to survey for reptiles and amphibians. Scales Nature Park also brings a range of native Ontario species to the course so you’re guaranteed to see a lot of cool species!
  • Can I attend the course but make my own arrangements for accommodations?
    The accommodations at Camp Kitchikewana are included in the course fee due to the course's busy schedule with in-class components typically starting at 8:00 am and extra activities in the evenings, as well as limited accommodation options on Beausoleil Island.
  • Can you accommodate my dietary restrictions?
    Camp Kitchikewana will be providing all meals for the duration of the course, as well as some light snacks in the evening. Please send any dietary restrictions to and we will arrange accommodations with kitchen staff. Please note that if you are bringing your own snacks, they must be nut free.
  • Do I need to bring hip waders or chest waders?
    During our course, we will spend quite a bit of time surveying in and around water bodies and wetlands for reptiles and amphibians. Rubber boots, water shoes, old running shoes, hip waders or chest waders will help participate in these surveys. Bring whatever you have and are comfortable wearing. Please note that by May and June, the shallow-water habitats that we survey are typically quite warm and, given warm air temperatures, you may overheat if wearing chest waders.
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