Who We Are

The faculty, staff and students at Pontiac Township High School is working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and have joined together to reestablish the Alligator Snapping Turtle in its historic home range in the State of Illinois. Operation Endangered Species started in October of 2011 and we are well on the way to making the difference in this species for future generations. Our goal is quite simply to “Put the SNAP back on the map!”


  • Paul Ritter – Director
  • Mike Soares – Director / Curriculum Coordinator
  • Todd Katz – Regional Director
  • Jason Crean – Regional Director
  • Jennifer Carrey – Regional Director