Blanding's turtle & painted turtle basking. By Joshua Mayer (CCBY-SA-2.0)

Midwest PARC

Countdown to MWPARC 2021! Register here!


Virtual MW PARC meeting this October 1 & 2! See more details and look for updates here.

New Quarterly Newsletter! Check out what we have been and are up to!

Student travel grants & reports added to the website!

Book for sale! Field Guide to the Amphibian Eggs and Larvae of the Western Great Lakes

Upcoming Events:


Midwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (MW PARC) is a regional working group of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC). Both the regional group (MW PARC) and national group (PARC) are dedicated to the conservation of native herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians) and their habitats.


The Midwest region includes: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

MW PARC's two co-chairs are Jennifer Buchanan ( and Melissa Youngquist (

Want to learn about what we've been up to lately? Check out our quarterly newsletter!


It's free to join Midwest PARC! Become a member by signing up for our Google Group. You'll need a Google Account to be added to the email listserv and to post to the group.

Smooth Green snake (Opheodrys vernalis). Image by Jen Moore.
Eastern fence lizard by M. Youngquist


Help support future MW PARC members, events, and research with amphibians & reptiles in our region! You can donate directly to MW PARC with this PayPal button.

Juvenile Snapping Turtle facing the camera. Photo by Jen Moore


Check out our Quarterly Newsletter to learn what we have been doing and have planned for the near future!

Want to contribute content to the Newsletter? Or help make it? Contact the Outreach & Communication Team lead (Jen Lamb).



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