What is PARC?

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) is an inclusive partnership dedicated to the conservation of the herpetofauna–reptiles and amphibians–and their habitats. Our membership 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. The diversity of our membership makes PARC the most comprehensive conservation effort ever undertaken for amphibians and reptiles.

Reptiles (alligators, crocodiles, lizards, turtles, the tuatara, and snakes) and amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians) have suffered from a broad range of human activities, due in part to the perception that these animals are either dangerous or of little environmental or economic value. We know now that they are important parts of our natural and cultural heritage.

We hope that, after browsing through the PARC website, you will agree that reptiles and amphibians are worth our conservation efforts. Join the cause and sign up to become a member for free and attend a PARC meeting near you!


Forging proactive partnerships to conserve amphibians, reptiles, and the places they live.


A society where amphibians and reptiles are valued for their importance in our natural and cultural heritage, and are considered in all conservation and land management decisions.

PARC is:

  • A diverse group of like-minded citizens, professionals, and organizations
  • An open forum for discussing herpetofaunal conservation
  • A national and international conservation network
  • A resource for everyone who values herpetofauna and their habitats
  • Based on local, regional, and national efforts
  • An advocate of inclusive reptile and amphibian conservation

PARC is a unique conservation network because:

  • PARC includes all reptiles and amphibians
  • PARC is habitat focused
  • PARC includes all individuals, organizations, and agencies that have an interest in reptile and amphibian conservation
  • PARC focuses on endangered and threatened species and keeping common native species common


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PARC is organized into five officially recognized regional working groups that serve as the operating entities of the PARC network. Through this system, PARC can focus on national and regional herpetofaunal conservation challenges. Northeast (NE PARC), Southeast (SE PARC), Midwest (MW PARC), Southwest (SW PARC), and Northwest (NW PARC) working groups have been established to allow for specific communication within each region. In addition, at this time we officially recognize the following state chapters and subunits: Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and the Caribbean.

Click HERE to find PARC in your area


How much does it cost to become a member of PARC?

Membership in PARC is free.

How do I get on the PARC listserv?

The PARC listserv is open to anyone, and is fully moderated, posting announcements only. Click here to Join PARC.

How do I get off of the PARC listserv?

Not all people want to receive messages from a listserv. Instructions for removing yourself from the listserv are included in the footer of each listserv message. In cases where you have more than one email address, and your sending address is different from the address subscribed to the listserv, this automatic removal may not work. If this is your situation, send your request to leave the listserv to mailbox@parcplace.org.

Does PARC focus on the conservation of endangered species?

PARC focuses both on endangered and threatened species and keeping common native species common in their natural environments.

PARC Organization and Contacts

Joint National Steering Committee

The Joint National Steering Committee is the governing body of PARC that guides the decisions and direction of the organization. This 24-member committee is composed of its two co-chairs, the 10 co-chairs representing the five PARC regions; the two co-chairs of the Federal Agencies Steering Committee; the chair and vice-chair of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies’ Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Committee; the two national coordinators; and three at-large members representing zoos, industry, and nongovernmental organizations.

Brian Zarate
Senior Co-chair
Senior Zoologist New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, Endangered and Nongame Species Program, Lebanon, NJ

Becca Cozad
Junior Co-chair
Research Biologist, Nokuse Plantation
Ponce de Leon, FL

Mark Mandica
DEITT Representative
Executive Director, The Amphibian Foundation

See the full list of members here. Contact parc_coordinators@parcplace.org for additional information.

Federal Agencies Steering Committee Co-Chairs

The Federal Agencies Steering Committee, or FASC, is comprised of representatives from 12 federal agencies. The FASC operates under a Memorandum of Understanding, the purpose of which is to provide a framework for cooperation and coordination in achieving the objectives of the FASC , and in matters relating to the conservation of amphibians, reptiles, and their habitats.

Mike Westphal
Senior Co-chair
Wildlife Biologist Program Lead, US Bureau of Land Management, Central Coast Field Office

Jenny Schultz
Junior Co-chair
Fishery Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources

State Agency Advisory Committee

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, a membership organization of all of the state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies in the US and Canada, hosts an Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Committee, which serves as the state agencies’ advisory committee to PARC.

David Golden
Director, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
Trenton, NJ

Thomas Eason, PhD
Director of Habitat and Species Conservation
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Tallahassee, FL

Federal Coordinator

Michelle R. Christman
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Natural Resource Program Center
Fort Collins, CO

State Coordinator

Kerry Wixted (she/her)
Amphibian & Reptile and Invasive Species Program Manager
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Washington DC

Website Administrator

Scott Hove