Box Turtle Day


Join us for a Celebration of the North Carolina State Reptile!

May 31, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Did you know that Eastern box turtles can live to be over 100 years old? Visitors of all ages will delight in learning about these scaly animals. Highlights will include:

  • Demonstrations by the "Turtle Dogs". These Boykin spaniels are trained by naturalist, author and educator John Rucker to seek and safely retrieve box turtles! Learn about how these dogs help biologists learn more about box turtles and see them in action at the Arboretum!
  • Hike the Arboretum's TRACK Trail. This self-led trail guides young hikers as they follow Shelly the Turtle on an exploration of habitats found at the Arboretum.
  • Meet Shelly the Box Turtle and meet her turtle pals Gus the snapping turtle, Pugsley the painted turtle, Bart the musk turtle and Loyd the yellow-bellied turtle in the EcoLab.
  • Learn how to help box turtles with representitives from UNC Greensboro's HERP Project and the Western North Carolina Nature Center.
  • A silent auction to benefit the Arboretum's box turtle monitoring program.
  • Plus, storytime under the trees, box turtle inspired crafts and more!

No registration is required. All programs and activities are free. Regular parking fees apply, but NC Arboretum Society Members always park for free.


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