GARRISON — Boscobel will host its 24th annual, well-loved Snapping Turtles! program (previously known as Turtle Walk) at 7:30 a.m. June 2. Join us bright and early at Boscobel’s Belvedere to meet live — and sometimes huge — snapping turtles. Staff from the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary will give a dramatic presentation about the habits and history of snapping turtles while they introduce you (at a safe distance) to some of the snapping turtles living in Constitution Marsh.
Approximately 1,200 snapping turtles live in the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary, located just below Boscobel House and Gardens. Every June, female turtles climb up the steep hill to Boscobel’s Great Lawn to lay their eggs, using the claws on their hind feet to scoop out a nest where they will deposit 20-60 eggs, the size and color of ping pong balls. Snapping turtles can live to be 100 years old, weigh up to 40 pounds, and grow as long as 12 to 14 inches.
“This annual event is beloved by visitors of all ages,” says Acting Executive Director Jennifer Carlquist. “We are so thrilled to partner our own Museum Educator, Lisa DiMarzo, with our neighbors from the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary as they team up to share knowledge of and love for these fascinating creatures as well as the important ecosystem just beyond Boscobel’s front lawn.”
Note that the turtles are treated with utmost care and returned to the wild immediately after the event.
After the lively presentation, guests may enjoy Boscobel’s gardens and grounds, where female turtles often nest. Rain or shine. Complimentary coffee, juice, and donuts included.
Adults, $12; children, $8; children under 5, free.