Celebrate World Turtle Day on May 23!

If the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer exhibit has gotten you out of your shell, now is the best time to learn how you can be a friend to more than 30 species of turtles that call Florida home! With these little reptiles being a staple of our lakes and oceans, it’s easy to forget how turtley remarkable they really are. Can you believe some of your neighborhood turtles could possibly be older than you?

 

These tough creatures may have shells made of over 50 bones, but they still need our help to survive. With 61% of freshwater turtle species and nearly all sea turtle species endangered, it’s up to us to take some easy steps to protect our favorite semi-aquatic neighbors.

Here are Four Ways You Can Help Save Turtles

  • Many plastic items are mistaken as food by turtles when they end up in our waterways. Using reusable bags, straws and water bottles not only saves you money, but also helps protect our ecosystem.
  • Litter on our beaches can be dangerous, especially to the 68,000 loggerhead turtles that nest on our coasts annually. Make it a goal to pick up any litter you find when having a beach day.
  • Give nesting turtles plenty of space and never disturb a nest if you come across one. If you're fortunate enough to see sea turtles hatching, maintain your distance and turn off all lights from your portable electronic devices.
  • Having a turtle as a pet is a lasting commitment not just for you, but for the turtle. Only take responsibility for one if you have a long-term plan. Many unwanted turtles are released into the wild and cannot survive on their own.
Learn More

The Chelonian Research Institute, Sea Turtle Preservation Society, The Central Florida Wildlife Center and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee are great community partners for anyone who wants to learn more about Florida’s turtles and what we can be doing to help save them.

 

Visit NatureWorks on the first level of the Science Center to see and even safely touch our beautiful native Turtles and Tortoises!

 

This information was sourced from See Turtles, Tufts Wildlife Clinic, and The Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets Of The Sewer Exhibit Opens May 25 at Orlando Science Center!

Presented by Nemours Children's Health System

Turtle Power! After three decades of battling evil and exemplifying teamwork, the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ (TMNT) will make waves this summer at Orlando Science Center! The four funny “heroes in a half-shell” will share life lessons and team-building skills with their crime-fighting tactics in Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Secrets of the Sewer™.

 

Be transported to the underground home of the crime-fighting heroes to see what really happens in their secret hideaway. TMNT brothers Leonardo (the tactical, courageous leader in blue), Michelangelo (the free-spirited jokester in orange), Raphael (the aggressive tough guy in red), and Donatello (the scientist and technological genius in purple) invite you to their New York City sewer lair to train and learn with them.

 

The Turtles are known and respected for their teamwork. As the TMNT’s sensei and adoptive father Splinter often tells them, “Together there is nothing you cannot accomplish.” Through team-building challenges, collaborative games and mind-teasing puzzles, visitors will learn how to work as a team with mental and physical challenges like assembling electrical circuit puzzles, navigating a rope maze, practicing ninja speed and slicing skills while playing a dexterity-based computer game, shredding up and practicing your balance on skateboards, and more!

 

So put on your bandanas and get ready to work together to defeat evil! Whether you come with friends, family, or ninjas in training, you’ll put the strength of your teamwork and cooperation skills to the test. Your crew will be sure to walk away with a bond as strong as this lean, mean, green team!

 

Cowabunga! You’re now ready to defeat evil — together!

 

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