The Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society (PNWHS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered with the State of Washington. PNWHS was formed in the mid 1960s by two Woodland Park Zoo zookeepers for education, conservation, rescue and outreach concerning all “herps” ….reptiles, amphibians and chelonians… Our members come from a wide area across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We host a wide range of experience from veterinarians to hobbyists. PNWHS is open to anyone, reptile owner or not, and is dedicated to the education of its members and the public, as well as the conservation, ecology, and captive care and breeding of reptiles and amphibians. PNWHS takes an active role in legislative and environmental issues affecting these animals and their habitats.

Together with our membership, PNWHS hosts a variety of events during the year, provides educational outreaches, and provides an informative monthly meeting often with a guest speaker addressing issues and concerns relevant to today’s reptile owner. PNWHS is also a dedicated reptile rescue and adoption group with a tremendous success rate for recuperating sick animals and finding forever homes for them. We also partner with other groups in the area to aid in animal rescue, including but not limited to, King County Animal Rescue, Seattle Animal Control, WASART, PAWS Wildlife Center, as well as many others.

We meet once a month during the school year, second Sunday of each month, at Shoreline Community College. Our meetings are free and open to the general public. Members receive a monthly newsletter and invitations to special “Members Only Events” during the summer months.