Turtles, the folks who love them, and others who want to learn more about them will gather to celebrate the Annual Turtle Day at Trout Lake Nature Center on Sunday, April 8.

            The event, which takes place from 1 to 3 p.m., also honors the turtles’ land-based cousin, the amazing – and endangered — gopher tortoise.

            Guests will visit the nature center’s resident turtles as well as guest specimens, which will include gopher tortoises as well as aquatic and land-based turtles. Guest presenters include Carissa Kent, founder of Saving Florida’s Gopher Tortoises, which has saved thousands of gopher tortoises whose burrows were in the path of construction activities; Logan Heinzelman, amateur turtle fancier who will be accompanied by many of the aquatic turtles he has rescued, including sliders, soft-shelled turtles and more.

            In addition to the varied displays of live turtles and their habitats, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Trailer will be present with an exhibit of living Florida Wildlife.

            Guests also may explore the nature center’s trails through varied habitats, including wetland and lakefront that are home to several species of turtles which, at this time of year, may be observed laying eggs near the trails.

            There is no charge for the program; donations are welcomed to help support the work of the nonprofit nature center. For more information, call 352-357-7536 or email tlnc.director@gmail.com.

Photo:  Mr G, TLNC Education gopher tortoise eating

About Trout Lake Nature Center

Trout Lake Nature Center, a 230-acre preserve in Eustis, is a private, nonprofit corporation established in 1988. TLNC’s mission is to conserve and protect the natural environment and educate the public about its importance. For further information, visit us at troutlakenaturecenter.com or call 352-357-7536.

Turtles Time is Here! Nature Center Plans Turtle Day Celebration

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