As a teacher I
recognize that amphibians and reptiles in the classroom can be valuable
educational tools. I understand that it is illegal and unethical to take
wild amphibian for this purpose without a Fish Resource Permit from the
Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). I will only purchase
live amphibians from reputable pet stores and suppliers, understanding
that these species must be ornamental and cannot pose significant harm
to Alaska's native amphibians. All live amphibians brought into the
classroom will be kept for their entire lives and never released into
the wild. I will also dispose of all aquarium water appropriately, never
dumping it into local water bodies.
My classroom is
dedicated to teaching responsible and ethical biological practices. I
pledge to teach my students about the struggles facing amphibians
worldwide, the risk of invasive species and disease transmission, and
the illegality of taking or moving wild amphibians into the home or from
place to place. I support an observational approach to teaching (as
opposed to wild collections) whenever possible. Furthermore, I
understand that my actions and teaching can be an extremely effective
tool in producing responsible, ethical and knowledgeable young
scientists in Alaska.
submitting this pledge you acknowledge that the above statements are
true for your classroom and that you are authorized to make this
commitment. Your name and school will be added to the AHS list of
sponsored classrooms and will be published on our site. In the event
that a violation of the above pledge is reported, you will be informed
and given ample opportunity to take corrective action. Unresolved
violations will result in removal from our sponsored list.
final decision to add or remove a classroom from our sponsored list
shall be at the sole discretion of the AHS executive board. Neither the
AHS nor its representatives shall be legally liable for any and all
repercussions resulting from this published list. Teachers that have
been approved but no longer wish to be on the list must submit their
request in writing. Requests for addition / removal will be acted upon
within 30 days of receipt.
Thank-you for becoming an AHS
sponsored classroom. Your dedication to the responsible and ethical use
of amphibians and reptiles as educational tools is appreciated.