AE22 Meet the Box Turtle

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Saturday May 21

10:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

Meet the Box Turtle!

ONSITE* Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Instructor: Carlton Burke

$35 non-member** (**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes.)

Certificate Credit: BRN Elective - Wildlife


Box turtles are familiar to just about anyone who spends time outdoors, but many of us might be unaware of their ongoing decline in the wild, which, unfortunately, can often be due to injury and interference by humans and automobiles. Licensed wildlife rehabilitator Carlton Burke shares all about box turtles, including their feeding, nesting and breeding habits, legal status, threats to their survival, and how they fit into the ecological community of woodland wildlife. Meet some of these gentle reptiles and learn what can be done to ensure their continued well-being in the wild as well as how animal rescue and rehabilitation agencies assist!

This program is presented in cooperation with Appalachian Wildlife Refuge, which provides injured and orphaned wild animals a place to go for care and treatment to give them a second chance at life in the wild.


Carlton Burke is a naturalist and educator who operates Carolina Mountain Naturalists, an educational service which offers wildlife and nature educational programs throughout western North Carolina. He also was on the staff of the western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville for over 25 years as the Curator of Exhibits. Carlton co-hosts a weekly radio program NATURE NEWS and is also a NC state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator.   


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