Teacher Resources: NSF Hellbender Education

This free comprehensive set of five state-standards-aligned lesson plans and activities are for middle and high school teachers throughout Appalachia (PA, VA, WV, KY, NC, TN, and GA).  We highlight the critical need for lifelong environmental stewardship in local rivers and streams by introducing students to important ecological and biological topics ranging from speciation to watersheds, to food webs and endangered species, using the Eastern hellbender salamander as a focal species.  All lesson plans follow the 5E format and include all materials needed for instruction.

This program is currently in a pilot stage – the button linked below leads to password-protected content. This content will be publicly posted once the pilot phase has been completed.


Study Abroad Courses for Undergraduate Students

Dr. Hopkins co-leads international experiential learning opportunities that explore tropical biology, conservation and evolution. Click the buttons below to learn more about each study abroad course.

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9th Biennial Hellbender Symposium

The Hellbender Symposium is a biennial event where ​hellbender researchers from all over the United States and other parts of the world meet to present and discuss their research. The 9th Biennial Conference was held in Blacksburg, VA in June 2019.

Informational pages coming soon.