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Loggerhead Lessons May 10

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014

On Saturday, May 10 from 9:30-11:30 a.m., children ages 10 and under can complete hands-on educational activities on the beach. Island Turtle Team volunteers will be hosting activities on Isle of Palms front beach in front of the VFW Post and next to The Windjammer. The program is free of charge, but advance registration is required and will be limited to the first 75 children. Children must be accompanied by a parent or attend with adult supervision.

This is the second year the turtle team has offered Loggerhead Lessons. The 2013 event was very successful and this year’s event will follow the same format. Seven different educational stations will be set up and children will get their passports stamped as they participate in each activity. Lessons will include Turtle Nesting, Nest Protection, Hatching, Comparison of Sea Turtle Species, Impacts of Beach Litter, an art project and a puppet show.

Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island Turtle Team members will teach the lessons and guide the children through the rotation of the seven themed stations. The children will learn what a Loggerhead nest looks like under the sand. They will also practice probing for “eggs” in nests and relocate the clutch to a safe area in the dunes marked by orange signs. They will compare their own heights to the length of a Loggerhead and other sea turtle species. The children will also learn the difference between various objects found on the beach – which ones are natural and which might pose a danger to Loggerheads. The puppet show will entertain and tell the children about nesting and hatching of sea turtles.

Children will also create their own turtle art project and receive a turtle-themed goody bag to take home.

To register, email loggerheadlessons@gmail.com. Registration is limited to the first 75 children.

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