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By Gretchen McPherson
Ledger Staff 

Turtle Point celebrates 20 years


November 7, 2019

It's been 20 years since Turtle Point Science Center in Flomaton opened, and to celebrate, a fun day filled with live animals and shows with hands-on science learning will start at 8 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, when the gates open, and end around 4:30 p.m. Each show or tour will take place more than once during the day to accommodate visitors. There will be something for everyone and admission is free.

From 8:15 to 9 a.m., there will be a Butterflies Sideshow Presentation by Vitaly Charny, author of the book, Butterflies of Alabama. Charny will also conduct Butterfly House guided tours at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. that day.

Then from 9:10 a.m. to 9:40 a.m., 1:05 p.m. to 1:35 p.m. and 3:50 p.m. to 4:20 p.m., Steve Trash, Rockin' Eco-Hero and star of the new TV show, “Steve Trash Science” will perform his Eco-Magic Show.

Then at 9:50 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. to 3:40 p.m., Tim Reno with Reno's Reptiles will hold a Live Reptile Show, followed by a Live Birds of Prey Show with Marika Van Brocklin of McDowell Environmental Center from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and later from 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Around 11:55 a.m., Dr. Andy Coleman, a faculty member of Talladega College and founder of the Urban Turtle Project will have Live Alabama Turtles until 12:55 p.m.

There will be face painting, Kona Ice and the Flomaton Band Boosters will be selling food and drinks. Educational booths will be set up and T-shirts celebrating 20 years will be available for purchase. The gift shop will be open. The public is invited.


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