Amphibian Monitoring

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The Amphibian Monitoring Program allows Citizen Science volunteers to explore the park, learn about rare amphibians like the Western Toad, and participate in on-going research to monitor amphibian populations in Mount Rainier National Park.

Want to get involved? Learn more!

Three volunteers look in the water at a mountain lake.
Fourteen species of amphibians can be found within Mount Rainier National Park. One species of particular concern is the western toad (Anaxyrus boreas) which is a candidate species to the Washington threatened and endangered species list.

All amphibians spend a portion of their lives in aquatic habitats, and they can be greatly impacted by changing environmental conditions. Therefore, monitoring amphibian species abundance can indicate water quality and overall ecosystem health.

Interested in Helping?

Each summer from July through September we need volunteers to help conduct our surveys. The Citizen Science program gives volunteers the opportunity to hike and explore some of Mount Rainier’s lakes and wetland habitats while gaining experience in surveying and science. Previous experience is not needed and surveying equipment will be provided.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rebecca Lofgren or Scott Anderson.

Last updated: February 13, 2023