The Natchitoches Public Library celebrated World Turtle Day with an exciting and educational program for children Thursday, May 26 at the library’s main branch. Three educators from the Alexandria Zoo brought some turtles and tortoises from the zoo as well as a collection of turtle eggs and shells.
The children attending enjoyed an educational and interactive talk by the visiting zoologists. They learned about the difference between tortoises and turtles (if you do not have a child at home to ask, tortoises live primarily on land while turtles require a body of water nearby) and facts about how they live, what they eat, and their place in the ecosystem. The attendees were able to touch the eggs and shells, learning the difference between reptilian and mammal eggs.
The day was a collaboration between the Natchitoches Parish Library’s children’s and teen programming and the Alexandria Zoo’s educational outreach. There are activities for children and teens throughout the summer designed to keep young minds active and engaged while having fun. There is indeed something for everyone at the Natchitoches Parish Library!