World Turtle Day celebration will include turtle races

World Turtle Day will be celebrated Saturday, May 23 at Kellogg Environmental Center in  Derby with  a day of activities and programs on turtles from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Come with the family to learn about turtles and their importance to the environment while spending the day outside.

Turtles are reptiles that are always present in the landscape of Connecticut, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Pond viewing, reading and art

The day will start with ongoing activities featuring a turtle viewing station at the pond, a reading corner for turtle stories, and an ongoing public art station on turtles.

The Osborne Homestead Museum will be open for tours and will have the challenge of “spot the turtle” in the rooms and on the grounds. A program, Native Turtles of Connecticut, will take place at 11 a.m., and then be followed by turtle races at noon.

Local turtle ambassadors from area nature centers and Kellogg will race to the finish line to see which center has the fastest turtle.

After the turtle races, an afternoon pool-side turtle feeding demonstration will be held in the Kellogg Center with explanations about resident turtles and what they eat.

The event’s location

The Kellogg Environmental Center and Osborne Homestead Museum are located at 500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby.

For more information, directions or to register, contact the center at 203-734-2513 or email [email protected]

A picture of a baby turtle.

A picture of a baby turtle.

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