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Boscobel’s 18th Annual SNAPPING TURTLE WALK

  |   June 7, 2012  |  Comment

Co-Sponsored by the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary
and the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

Newly Expanded with a Morning Full of Nature Programs!

 A family-favorite since 1994, Boscobel’s annual Snapping Turtle Walk event has been expanded – thanks to sponsorship by the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary and the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum — to include a variety of nature programs for a morning spent surrounded by one of the most scenic locations in the Hudson Valley. On Saturday, June 16, bring your camera and begin at the Belvedere, overlooking the Hudson River and its Highlands, bright and early for an up-close (but not too up-close!) snapping turtle presentation. These prehistoric creatures have been climbing up the banks from Constitution Marsh to Boscobel every spring to lay their eggs. After the presentation and a brief search for turtles, guests will have their choice of nature events to explore. The 18th Annual Snapping Turtle Walk takes place Saturday, June 16, starting at 7:30am. (See complete agenda below.) Complimentary coffee and juice included. $18/adult, Kids 12 and under FREE! Purchase tickets in person, over the phone or online at Boscobel.org.

Agenda & Programs:
7:30am Snapping Turtle Presentation on the Belvedere – Bring your chairs and/or blankets for this amazing presentation that includes live specimens and a Q&A session.
8:30am Search for Egg-laying Turtles on Boscobel’s lawns
9:00am Bird Walk on the Woodland Trail
Spring mornings are a perfect time to look for the Hudson Valley’s wild songbirds. Join us on a walk through Boscobel’s grounds and trails to celebrate their long migration back to our woods, filling the trees with color and song.
Programs above presented by educators from the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary

10:00am Dragonfly Presentation & Pond Side Exploration
Learn about dragonflies and damselflies including anatomy, life cycle, feeding habits and species identification. Then enjoy some hands-on exploring as we search for larvae in the pond with dip nets, and capture adults in sweep nets for a closer look before releasing these flying jewels back to their habitat.
11:00am Woodland Trail Hike with a Nature Scavenger Hunt
Wander the trails with an Environmental Educator.  There is so much more to see than meets the eye.  Children will enjoy testing their observation skills as they check off items on their scavenger hunt list and learn about nature’s wonders. Bring your completed hunt list to the Museum Shop for a free gift!
Programs above  presented by educators from the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

Boscobel is located on scenic Route 9D in Garrison New York just one mile south of Cold Spring and directly across the river from West Point. From April through October, hours are 9:30am to 5pm (first tour at 10am; last at 4pm); November & December 9:30am to 4pm (last tour at 3pm.)  Boscobel is open every day except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit Boscobel.org or call 845.265.3638.

Image: Eric Lind and members of Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary present live snapping turtles to the early morning visitors at Boscobel’s magnificent overlook of the Hudson River.



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