Madison Area Herpetological Society

MAHS Events in 2018!

MAHS Events-2018

With our goal of reaching out to the public to educate people about reptiles, we often are part of local events.  This is a place to see what we are doing and see pictures of our members getting out and educating people.  We also do MAHS sponsored outings for members, which can be anything from a tour of a breeder’s facility to hiking in the area to find local native reptile species.  Check out the stories below from 2018 to see what we did, and what members had to say, along with pictures of our adventures.  These aren’t even all of the events and outreach opportunities we did in 2018! Make sure to check the Calendar for future events!

MAHS at Pets Supplies Plus!
Date: Varied, Monthly
Location: Pets Supplies Plus, Fitchburg WI
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the MAHS (and USARK) educational table and display at the MAHS event at Pets Supplies Plus in Fitchburg today on January 28th and cast their chip in for us with their purchases. It was a great way of spreading the word in the community as we gained additional MAHS interest. Be sure to look for us again at Pets Supplies Plus soon! Now monthly on the last Sundays of each month!

Monthly MAHS Education Tables at PetsMart Madison East and West, and Now Green Bay 2018
Location: PetsMart, Madison WI East and West, and Green Bay WI
Dates: Saturdays Monthly.
MAHS announces that it now is holding an educational table and display at PetsMart-Madison WI West from 10 am to 2 pm each month. Store associates and shoppers had the chance to see and learn about many unique reptiles and amphibians, as well as what we do in the community, and how to become more involved with herps! We look forward to being at Petsmart again next month!
Updated Announcement! We are proud to announce that we will now be hosting monthly education tables at Green Bay WI’s PetsMart location! Be sure to look for other locations soon as we work to establish them!

Lindbergh Elementary Reptile Show & Tell!
Location: Lindbergh Elementary, Madison WI
Date: Tuesday, January 9th 2018
Students, staff, and teachers alike had the opportunity to learn all about reptiles and amphibians hands on as MAHS made its first of 2018 event debut at Lindbergh elementary for two, 45 minute exciting show and tell presentations! Kids had the opportunity to find out where these animals come from, what they like to eat, how they defend themselves from predators, plus lots more! We look forward to many more school events coming up this year!

Friends of Cherokee Marsh Annual Meeting-2018!
Location: Warner Park Community Center, Madison WI
Date: Saturday, January 20th 2018.
It was one of the greatest Friends of Cherokee Marsh annual meetings to date on Saturday, January 20th at the Warner Park Community Center! Members and attendees listened in on a thorough presentation all about WI’s native amphibian and reptile species, and at the end, got to seem touch, and interact with several of our amazing animal ambassadors. Thanks again, Friends of Cherokee Marsh for inviting us out to speak at the meeting! *Photos by Jeremy Arrington.

Meet the Reptiles at the Kaukauna Public Library!
Location: Kaukauna Public Library, Kaukauna WI
Date: Saturday, January 20th 2018
Fox valley area kids, parents, and families alike all flocked to the Kaukauna Public Library to see and meet reptiles! That’s right, MAHS’ own Fox Valley branch was out in force with an educational show and tell presentation with several of our educational ambassador animals to help change minds! Be sure to look for us at even more Fox Valley area events this year!

MAHS at Cabela’s Sun Prairie
Location: Cabela’s, Sun Prairie WI
Date: Saturday, January 27th, 2018 and Varied Dates throughout the year
MAHS went into the great outdoors again…well maybe not quite this time…but we were recently back at Cabela’s in Sun Prairie to help educate all about native and exotic reptiles and amphibians alike! We stressed the importance of conservation of these animals, what to do if one encounters one, how to find them, and much more! We even had several store shoppers come just to see our snakes! The event was a success, and we hope to be back soon!

MAHS at the Great Lakes Pet Expo 2018!
Location: Wisconsin Expo Center, WI State Fair Park, West Allis, WI
Date: Saturday, February 3rd 2018
WE BROKE AN EVEN RECORD IN ATTENDANCE!!! It was another AWESOME turnout at one of the largest events we attend each year as over last year’s attendance of 14,000 people came through the doors on Saturday’s Great Lakes Pet Expo! There was over 8,000 square feet of reptile displays, education, and interaction thanks to Cindy Steinle and Small Scale Reptile Rescue. And of course we represented USARK – United States Association of Reptile Keepers as well! Great work to all who worked the photo booth, which was exceptionally busy through much of the show. Be sure to check out the photo recap below, and if we missed anyone, let us know! Thanks to all of the volunteers and event photographers for making this year’s Great Lakes Pet Expo another success! More photos to come!!!

Midvale Elementary Science Night!
Location: Midvale Elementary, Madison WI
Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018.
MAHS was back out at Madison’s west side Midvale Elementary for their family science night! It was another awesome night of showing and educating about reptiles and amphibians, and kids, parents, and entire families alike enjoyed the experience. We always enjoy doing family science nights!

MAHS at the PetsMart National Adoption Weekend-2018!
Location: Madison WI and Green Bay WI and Nationwide
Dates: Variable; Four times yearly
MAHS participated in PetsMart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend on Saturday with interactive tables and displays, as well as opportunities to see and learn more about many of our animals, our rescue and adoption services, plus how to become more involved and much more!

Glendale Elementary Science Night!
Location: Glendale Elementary, Madison WI
Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.
MAHS was back out at Madison’s east side Glendale Elementary for their family science night! It was another awesome night of showing and educating about reptiles and amphibians, and kids, parents, and entire families alike enjoyed the experience. We always enjoy doing family science nights!

Notre Dame Academy School Event
Location: Notre Dame Academy, Green Bay WI
Date: Friday February 23rd 2018.
MAHS’ Fox Valley Chapter was up at Notre Dame Academy today in Green Bay with several reptiles and invertebrates! Members showed off and educated all about these awesome and amazing animals, and continued to raise interest and involvement in our Fox Valley Chapter. Great work everyone! Here is a photo recap from the event by Raija Hansen and Erin Bockster.

UW Madison School of Veterinary Medicine Tour!
Location: UW School of Veterinary Medicine, Madison WI
Date: Saturday, February 24th 2018.
Thank you everyone who attended the UW School of Veterinary medicine behind the scenes tour! We got to see their exotics/special species ward, their radiology, oncology, dental, and other specialized departments, large animal facilities, and their school of veterinary medicine teaching labs, classrooms, and new practice and prep areas. We will definitely be looking at going again next year, and hope to see you then!

MAHS at Habitattitude Pet Surrender Event!
Location: 1000 Islands Environmental Center, Kaukauna/Appleton WI
Date: Saturday, March 10th 2018
The MAHS-Fox Valley chapter and its members were out in force again at the Habitattitude’s Pet Surrender and Rescue event, hosted by the Green Bay Aquarium Society at the 1000 Islands Environmental Center in Appleton! We were there to show off and educate about several of our demo animals, as well as provide another area resource and option for unwanted pets and surrenders. It was a great event to attend, as we continue to network in the area and build up our Fox Valley chapter!

Randall Elementary Super Science Saturday!
Location: Randall Elementary, Madison WI.
Date: Saturday, March 10th 2018.
It was another successful educational outreach event at Randall Elementary in Madison, and reptiles were among the most popular and talked about booths at the event! We had a few of our snakes to show, and even managed to help a few event organizers overcome their fears of snakes by touching one! We can’t wait for the next science outreach event coming up soon!

MAHS at Reptile Rampage!
Location: Lake Forest Recreation Center, Lake Forest IL.
Date: Sunday, March 11th 2018.
Reptile Rampage is a one day reptile educational event hosted and organized by the Wildlife Discovery Center (WDC) in Lake Forest IL. Featuring several scientific, educational, and rescue organizations from around the Midwest and hundreds of reptiles and amphibians for over 1700 visitors and attendees to see, touch, and learn about, Reptile Rampage was certainly the place to learn about reptiles and amphibians over the weekend. And for kids and adults alike, there were also crafts, fundraisers, and much more. Check out our photo recap of the event!

Emerson Elementary Science Night!
Date: Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
Location: Emerson Elementary, Madison WI
Science Night at Emerson Elementary has just concluded, and it was a night full of fun science education with reptiles! Even local school shows are not any less important, as it can never be known which kids who have had positive exposure to reptiles will become the next doctor, lawyer, teacher, or city councilperson, mayor, or even state representative. Check out some of the photos from the event!

UW Madison School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Labs
Dates: Fridays, April 6th and 13th, 2018
Location: UW Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, Madison WI
It was an enjoyable time lending some of our animals out for first through third year University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine students during their teaching laboratory sessions! Reptiles and amphibians are becoming increasingly popular and widely seen species in the the field of veterinary medicine, so its always important for students to gain practice and experience for what may come through their clinic doors later on. Thanks to our volunteers and the College for helping to make these opportunities happen! *Photos by Jeremy Arrington!

UW Madison Science Expeditions
Date: Saturday April 7th, 2018.
Location: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, UW Madison, Madison WI
Reptiles took over the Discovery building today as the annual UW Science Expeditions took place today and this weekend! UW Science Expeditions is one of our busiest and most well attended events, and this time was of course no exception! Kids, parents, teachers, and families alike had the chance to see, touch, and learn more about these amazing amphibians and radical reptiles, and how they all play important roles in conservation and science! Great job to all of our volunteers today to help make our involvement in this event possible!