DEEP: DEP Continues 2011 Year of the Turtle Activities

June 15, 2011
 
DEP Continues 2011 Year of the Turtle Activities
Turtle Day Scheduled for June 26 at Sessions Woods WMA in Burlington

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Wildlife Division and the Friends of Sessions Woods, as part of the Year of the Turtle awareness campaign with Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), are sponsoring a special day to celebrate turtles – Turtle Day is scheduled for Sunday, June 26, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, at the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area, in Burlington. Families and anyone else interested in turtles are encouraged to participate in this free event, which will consist of informative talks on Connecticut's native turtles, turtle crafts, stories for children, and a chance to see live turtles. All children attending Turtle Day will receive a complimentary copy of Exploring Wildlife at Sessions Woods, a 36-page booklet with fun facts and activities.

The informative talks will focus on Connecticut’s Native Turtles, the Eastern Box Turtle (a species of special concern in Connecticut), and Sea Turtles (to be presented by Janelle Schuh, Stranding Coordinator for the Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Stranding Program at the Mystic Aquarium).

Kids of all ages will have the opportunity to make a variety of turtle crafts, listen to stories about turtles, attend a Turtle Talk for Kids, and have their face painted. There also will be a chance to see, up-close, a variety of live turtles, such as the Eastern box turtle and painted turtle.

During Turtle Day, awards will be presented to the winners of the Turtle Art Contest, which was open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The Connecticut Science Center, in Hartford, has graciously donated a Family Pass package for each first place winner. The Friends of Sessions Woods Paul Petersen Memorial Fund has donated various turtle-related prizes, such as ribbons, books, and turtle pins, for all winning pieces of artwork. All of the artwork entered in the contest will be on display during Turtle Day.

Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area is located at 341 Milford Street (Route 69), in Burlington. Pre-registration for Turtle Day is appreciated, but not required. Call the Sessions Woods office at 860-675-8130 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM) for more information or to pre-register. The DEP’s Year of the Turtle Web page (www.ct.gov/dep/yearofturtle) also provides details about Turtle Day, as well as about turtles and turtle conservation in Connecticut. A great way to learn about turtles during the "Year of the Turtle" is to subscribe to the DEP’s Connecticut Wildlife magazine (www.ct.gov/dep/wildlifemagazine). You also can visit PARCs Web site at www.yearoftheturtle.org, as well as the wildlife section of the DEP’s Web site (www.ct.gov/dep/wildlife).