Introductory Tortoise Course

Introduction to Desert Tortoises and Field Techniques

The tentative dates for the next Introductory Tortoise Course are November 3-4, 2018. An announcement will be finalized in June 2018, and registration will open in July 2018. Questions about the next Course? Email Maggie Fusari at

Course introduction

Course Syllabus

Waiver form

Health Assessment Training

Health Assessment Procedures for Translocations of the Mojave Desert Tortoise is a four-day advanced course only open to those with extensive tortoise handling experience. Details about the next session will appear here when they become available.

Authorized Biologist Course

The next Authorized Desert Tortoise Biologist Course will be held at a time and location to be announced. Details will appear here when they become available.