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Friday, April 29, 2016

Celebrate Turtle Day at Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby

This is a tortoise
 
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection plans to celebrate "all things turtle" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14 at the Kellogg Environmental Center,  500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby, according to a release..
 
Speakers, displays, and activities are all planned for the Kellogg Environmental Center and Osbornedale State Park, the release said.
 
"Learn about the challenges facing these reptiles and the current work being done to protect them.  A variety of turtles from educational centers will be on hand throughout the event to help you learn about local challenges for turtles in the wild."

The release also noted: The event will include "a turtle viewing station at the pond, a reading corner for turtle and related stories, and a self-guided art activity on turtles.  The Osborne Homestead Museum will be open for tours and will have a unique scavenger hunt challenge of 'Find Phoebe the Turtle'” in the rooms and on the grounds." 
 
The schedule, unedited here, is as follows
 
This is a snapping turtle
Presentations in the Kellogg Environmental Center
11:00 a.m.
A representative from Mystic Aquarium will speak about sea turtles and their protection.  Local turtle ambassadors from the Norwalk Maritime Museum and Aquarium, White Memorial, Beardsley Zoo and others will also attend.
 
1:00 p.m. 
Anthony Pierlioni from the TurtleRoom, an organization with a mission to advance survival of the world’s turtles and tortoises through collaborative education, conservation, and research programs will present a program focused on global turtle issues. He will also have a display of exotic turtles and tortoise showing the adaptations and diversity of these reptile favorites.

2:00 p.m.
A pool side turtle feeding demonstration will close the day with explanations about our resident turtles and the food they eat.
 
DEEP also noted: "The day has something for everyone to enjoy.  You are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the day.  There is no fee to participate in the programs or events, but donations are greatly appreciated."
 
For more information, directions, or to register please phone the Kellogg Environmental Center at (203) 734-2513 or email donna.kingston@ct.gov
 
 
 
 
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