Win a Free Trip to IHS in San Antonio!

Feb 6, 2015
On the Web
by Robyn

On the Web - Kids and young adults, how would you like to win an ALL EXPENSE PAID trip to San Antonio Texas for the 2015 International Herpetological Symposium?!

IHS is proud to announce the first JUNIOR HERPETOLOGIST AWARD PROGRAM!

For this year’s IHS in San Antonio Texas, we will honor THREE winners (one in each of three age categories). Winners will receive an all expenses paid trip to the 2015 International Herpetological Symposium in San Antonio, Texas from May 27-30, 2015. This includes travel, admission to all presentations, the banquet, and a trip to the San Antonio Zoo! For winners under 18 years old, we will also pay for a parent to accompany you!

Five runners-up in each age category will receive free registration to the 2015 IHS meeting, free banquet, free trip to the San Antonio Zoo and $100 towards travel expenses.

Three age groups are eligible to participate in this program;
• Ages 12-15,
• Ages 16-18,
• and Ages 19-22.

Requirements for entry include:
• A cover letter explaining why the applicant should be chosen as the Junior Herpetologist Award winner,
• A short essay on various aspects of herpetology (details outlined in the packet),
• and two letters of recommendation from a teacher, local herpetologist or other person who knows of the applicant’s herpetological interests, accomplishments, or potential.

For a copy of the full, detailed application packet, please visit or e-mail Russ at, or John Potash at

Submissions must be e-mailed or postmarked by March 15, 2015 and sent to:

Russ Gurley
IHS Junior Herpetologist Award application
P. O. Box 321
Ada, OK 74821-0321

Winners will be notified on April 5th, 2015

Winners will be required to present a 15-20 minute Powerpoint presentation at IHS 2015 on their favorite reptile or amphibian species or presentation related to the topic of their winning essay.

This program is available thanks to the generosity of Todd Goodman and Timberline Live Foods, Ken and Kim Foose of Exotic Pets Las Vegas, Bob and Sheri Ashley of ECO, Russ and Fionnuala Gurley, and many others!
If you would like to become a sponsor for future IHS Junior Herpetologist Award programs, e-mail Russ at

Thank you –

Russ Gurley
Coordinator, IHS Junior Herpetologist Awards

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