Dedicated to the conservation of the herpetofauna.

The Mission of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation:

"To conserve amphibians, reptiles and their habitats as integral parts of our ecosystem and culture through proactive and coordinated public-private partnerships.”

PARC Visionary Leader Award

PARC Visionary Leader Award

 In 2011, PARC initiated the Visionary Leader Award. This award recognizes an individual in North America who exemplifies extraordinary leadership, vision, and commitment, specifically to PARC, in a manner that has carried PARC to new heights and has significantly forwarded the PARC mission.

2015 PARC Visionary Leader Award Winner Kurt Buhlmann

Nominees for the award are not publicly solicited, but rather are determined via the PARC Joint National Steering Committee members, in collaboration with their regional, federal, state, and other member partners. This award shall be presented no more than once per year, although it may not be presented annually. The award is accompanied by an engraved plaque, $1,000, and travel expenses to the award ceremony at an annual professional meeting, all of which are provided by our partners at the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy.

The nomination period is active until Friday, October 16, 2015! Click here for the nomination form.

Award Notification

The award recipient will be notified by or before mid-January 2016 by email and mail with a letter detailing his or her merit(s), signed by PARC’s Joint National Steering Committee Co-chairs.


The first-ever recipient of the PARC Visionary Leader Award was J. Whitfield "Whit" Gibbons. 

The second (2012) recipient of the PARC Visionary Leader Award was Ernesto "Ernie" Garcia.

The third (2015) recipient of the PARC Visionary Leader Award is Kurt Buhlmann.






Who is PARC?

Our membership comes from all walks of life and includes individuals from state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, museums, pet trade industry, nature centers, zoos, energy industry, universities, herpetological organizations, research laboratories, forest industries, and environmental consultants.