Turtle Travels

See life from their point of view.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 to Sunday, May 7, 2017

If you think you know all about turtles, you've got plenty to learn at Turtle Travels, a fun-filled, interactive exhibit that provides a turtle's-eye view of life in the "slow lane."

What it's like to be a turtle? Come learn how a turtle's body is adapted to its particular habitats, why it needs a shell, what sorts of hazards they encounter, why turtles are important to many cultures, and more. Trek along the exhibit's turtle terrain and you'll find out that slow and steady not only wins the race but takes turtles on some amazing journeys too!

Walk onto a life-sized board game and explore firsthand. You'll play interactive games, answer questions, see artifacts, and watch video to discover what it's like to be a turtle traveling through local habitats. The lively setting will have you advancing from one station to the next as you crawl under a turtle bridge, try on a turtle shell, help turtles to safety and follow a sea turtle as it swims.

The exhibit includes a variety of fun components for families, including:

  • A "Swiss Army Turtle" that illustrates how turtle's legs are adapted to fit their environment
  • Interactive games that use the science of radio telemetry to track turtles through their terrain
  • Cutout "turtle traveler" and "turtle tracker" stand-ups where visitors can pose for photographs
  • A restful spot for lounging on a turtle and discovering the many turtles that star in children's tales

Plus, there are plenty of live turtles living in and around the EcoTarium. While you're here, be sure to check them out!

Turtle Travels Facebook Challenge

While exploring our Turtle Travels exhibit, take a photo and share it on the EcoTarium Facebook page with this hashtag: #TT @EcoTarium

From September 2016-April 2017, we will randomly choose one winner per month, who will receive a 5” Squishimals Turtle Toy (check them out in our Museum Shop!). In May 2017, a grand prize winner will receive a 12” Cuddlekins plush turtle and A Day at the Museum, which includes one admission pass for two adults and two children, four planetarium passes to the show of your choice, and four Explorer Express Train passes. The photo with the most “likes” on Facebook will be our grand prize winner.

Turtle Travels was produced by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative (EcoTarium, Worcester, Massachusetts; ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, Vermont; and Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness, New Hampshire) with major support from Jane's Trust. Additional support was provided by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

This exhibit is presented by: