Kids can help the hellbender

Kids canoeing on Blue River, Corydon, Indiana.
Coloring page with hellbender swimming.


Protecting the hellbender will take decades of continuous care and conservation effort. By involving children now, we can ensure that the lessons learned today are transferred to the next generation.

This website offers a variety of materials that are targeted to younger audiences. These include a downloadable poster, help the hellbender sticker, and printable coloring pages. You can find all of these items below.

The best way to involve kids, however, is to help them experience nature first hand. The Blue River area offers a number of family-friendly outdoor activities, from visiting the nature center at Obannon Woods State Park to renting a canoe or kayak from Cave Country Canoes in Milltown. If you're a parent or family member of school-aged children, we hope you will include activities like this into your kids' busy schedules.

Photo of hellbender brochure that you can request.

Eastern Hellbender - North America's Giant Salamander Brochure (Sample)

In this 8 page brochure you will learn how to identify a hellbender, learn about their natural history and ecology, and ways you can help with conservation efforts. To request the brochure with no cost to you view Request Hellbender Brochure.

 

 

Hellbender poster that you can request.

Poster
To request a hellbender poster please contact Dr. Rod Williams, rodw@purdue.edu.

The team is ordering new stickers so check back soon to see if they are available.

The Help the Hellbender team have several resources to help you identify and learn why our hellbenders are declining.

If you would like the Help the Hellbender Team to come to your area and give a presentation contact Dr. Rod Williams, rodw@purdue.edu.

Activities

Coloring Pages

Click on the coloring page you want to download, print and color.

Coloring page of hellbender on rock
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Coloring page of hellbender life cycle.
Coloring page of hellburner under rock.
Coloring page with hellbender showing five toes.
Coloring page with hellbender and baby.
Coloring page of hellbender holding sign, help the hellbender.
Coloring page titled what differences do you see.

hellbender-havoc-game.pngHelp Herbie thrive by navigating the river, eating crawfish, and avoiding natural and man-made hazards. Learn about the lifecycle and preservation of the Hellbender Salamander, North America’s largest salamander.