Indiana Turtle Care takes great pride in the educational programs we provide. These programs provide an opportunity to promote awareness of native turtles, conservation, differences and likenesses , and other information It is evident that most people are anxious to learn more and want to ask questions. Different species of turtles and tortoises are presented, and their requirements for proper care are shared. For example, the difference of aquatic turtles and land turtles is always a subject of interest. The webbed feet and flatter shell of an Eastern Painted turtle is compared to the rounded, hinged shell and feet of a 3-toed Box Turtle. The scales on the legs of a Redfoot Tortoise are discussed compared to the smaller scales of a Malayan Box turtle. Information about the pet trade is often discussed.
We work closely with the director of the group to give information that they would be interested. For example, younger students are interested in facts about different species where an environmental adult groups are wanting to learn more about conservation efforts.
We are often contacted via email and phone by turtle owners asking questions about their turtles. Some contacts are by future turtle owners, researching the needs of their future pet.before bringing it home. We are always impressed with the questions we receive, showing that they want to provide the best of care they can. ITC often receives unwanted pets that show obvious signs of neglect such as severe deformities, weight problems and health issues. Learing the most you can about your pet turtle and providing for its needs is the best thing you can do. Turtles are not the easy care pets many people think they are. They require as much care as a dog or cat. Also, each species has different requirements, which is why researching the care and and its history is so important.
Program presented for PAWS at Hancock County Library
Programs to teach environmental concerns and conservation efforts are very important for ITC to participate in. These photos are from Environmental Day at Southeastway Park in Indianapolis. Classes are rotated to different educational stations. Some of the stations include information about water treatment, bee keeping, soil, and fossils.
The Indiana State Museum was awarded a grant to present several programs regarding pets. ITC participated in their Unusual Pet Day. Along with turtles, visitors learned about snakes, bats, ferrets and many other unusual animals. Not only did they learn about special care for certain animals but also why some would not make good pets.
Organizations that are dedicated to conservation, often invites ITC to join them. These programs are beneficial to further awareness of native species and concerns for their habitat conservation efforts and rehabilitation availability. Pictured are visitors at the ITC table at a 'greenfest' in Zionsville, IN.
As time allows, ITC sponsors an open house. This is by 'invitation only' and is usually planned at the end of the summer. It is an fun day for visitors to see our facility as well as meet guests and purchases gifts for turtle lovers. We also have an activity table for the youngsters. While we were hoping to host this annually, some years it is impossible due to time constraints. While we look forward to seeing turtle friends we have made through the years at the open houses, we encourage them to stay in touch via email or mail throughout the year. We sometimes can schedule field trips for small groups and classes. This sometimes can be difficult as weather plays an important part in the ability to give a fun and informational tour.
We provide useful and correct care sheets for all species of turtles and tortoises. Our volunteers are happy to mentor anyone who wants one-on-one help with their turtle or tortoise.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information regarding educational programs, care sheets, field trips, and questions.
Scout troops and other clubs and organizations such as 4H invite ITC to visit their meetings as a guest speaker. This brownie troop, Troop 42 from central Indiana is made up of young Asia girls who have been adopted by families in the USA. The focus on this presentation was Asian species of turtles.