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William helps KTTC again! Raises $200.00 at his 9th birthday party!
William has been a great supporter of Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre. At his minion-themed birthday party this year, William was able to raise $200.00, which he donated to KTTC. It’s because of kids like this that KTTC can run as well as it does!
Thank you so much William for your help and for celebrating your birthday with KTTC!
Grade 4′s at Josyf Cardinal Slipyj School in Etobicoke raise $556.00 for KTTC!
This amazing group of Grade 4′s at Josyf Cardinal Slipyj School in Etobicoke held a fundraiser and raised $556.00 for KTTC! They wrote some amazing letters to our volunteers as well, and have clearly done their research! We were able to meet this great group via Skype for a virtual tour of the building to see what their hard work supports. Thank you for brightening our day!
Check out these amazing kid heroes! The kids that participate in the Messy Church Program at St. George’s Anglican Church crafted, learned, and raised over $400.00 to help us save turtles! With our busiest year yet at the hospital, we sure were glad to have their support. Thank you so much, you guys ROCK!
Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre Visiting Hours
We have some exciting news happening now until the end of November! KTTC will have weekend visiting hours from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturdays, please stop by the Centre to meet and learn about turtles, check out our new hatchlings, and enjoy the outdoor education area while the weather is good. If you have any questions about visiting, please feel free to give us a call at (705) 741-5000.
The Kawartha Turtle Trauma Center was all the buzz at the Royal Ontario Museum last weekend as families were able to engage and learn about Ontario’s turtles. The KTTC was visiting as part of the Partners in Protection event at the ROM which brings together environmental organizations working to solve biodiversity- related problems while also connecting to the general public and visitors of the ROM. I was able to join the KTTC Education Coordinator, Lauren, along to the event and was blown away by the turnout!
Throughout the 5 hour event, we engaged with more than 740 guests! Families, young children, young adults, and seniors alike were all coming through the Earth Rangers Studios eager to ask questions and learn about turtle conservation efforts and the KTTC.
The public were captivated by both the lifelike examples of all 8 native Ontario turtle species as well as the real shell specimens of Blandings turtle, eastern musk turtle, and a large snapping turtle. Even the shy little ones couldn’t resist the chance to touch a real turtle shell!
Partners in Protection runs all year, on the first Sunday of every month and is free with general admission to the museum. For more information visit: www.rom.on.ca
Written by Guest Blogger: Becky Plant (Environmental Visual Communications Intern)
It was an exciting day on July 29th at the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Center as a group of Me to We campers visited to help with the landscaping and gardening of the new outdoor education center! The sun was hot and the humidity seemed relentless but the campers were in good spirits with high energy and an eagerness to be a part of the project. The campers, ages 9-15, planted various kinds of plants (all native to the area of course) such as tamarack and birch trees, cardinal flower, iris, and even delicious raspberry and blackberry bushes (mmmmm.) While some were busy planting, others grabbed a bucket and shovel to move mulch from its pile and lay it out on the ground to create the walking path which winds its way through the open and grassy area to the neighbouring wetlands.
As the heat of the day continued and the outdoor work was completed, everyone headed into the center to have lunch, cool off, and learn about Ontario’s turtles. The group learned about the 8 species of turtles native to Ontario, their environment, and the troubles these creatures are facing. They were even joined by Paddy, a resident snapping turtle that has lived at the center for over 3 years now after living as a family pet for 29 years. The kids also had the chance to see the new baby turtles, some of which that are less than a week old!
We hope to see the outdoor education center open at the end of August of this year and we’re excited for the upcoming opportunities it holds for public education and communication!
To find out more about the Me to We programs click here.