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Turtle Travels


Anyone who thinks turtles have easy, slow-paced lives may think again after visiting Turtle Travels. This interactive exhibit features a life-sized board game where visitors can experience the many challenges turtles face.

The traveling exhibit at the Delaware Museum of Natural History runs through September 5, 2011. The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30am to 4:30pm and on Sundays from noon to 4:30pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children (3-17), $7 for seniors, and free for children 2 and younger and for museum members. For more information visit: www.delmnh.org.

In the exhibit, families trek through turtle terrain, which demonstrates how slow and steady not only “wins the race,” but takes turtles on amazing journeys. Hands-on activities let you experience what it is like to be a turtle trying to cross the road or move through changing habitats. Fascinating facts reveal the way a turtle’s body adapts to different habitats, why turtles need shells, hazards turtles encounter, and why turtles have been important in many different cultures.

Highlights include interactive fun for the whole family. A “Swiss Army Turtle” illustrates how turtles” body parts adapt to fit their changing environments. Visitors can pose for photographs at the cut out “turtle traveler” and “turtle tracker” stand-ups. Children can crawl under a live turtle enclosure, try on a turtle shell, and watch a video shot by a sea turtle to see how they swim. A restful spot allows families to lounge on the many turtles starring in children’s tales. Also, families learn how to care for pet turtles and how the pet trade harms turtles.