Member Group Detail

Kids for Turtles

Town: Orillia

Ontario Nature Region: Huronia

Kids for Turtles Environmental Education is an outreach educational organization dedicated to increase public awareness about the importance of preserving natural habitats and protecting the many species that live in these areas. The group promotes habitat preservation and the need for a responsible development process. They also promote healthy, active lifestyles getting our younger generation out with their families communing with nature and learning about the world around them. Kids For Turtles was formed in the spring of 2006 by Bob Bowles, a renowned naturalist, writer, photographer and professional environmental consultant, respected as an expert in all aspects of the environment.

The name Kids For Turtles is symbolic in that turtles are among the few living remnants of the pre-historic era and the first present day reptiles to evolve 250 million years ago pulling their legs inside their bodies to form a protective shell. Conversely, our children represent the future who will assume responsibility for it's stewardship as future policy makers. Modern man has only been on Earth for 2 million years but now our lifestyles are greatly impacting on turtle population. The group brings these two elements together in an example of how we can protect nature. Kids For Turtles started as a section of the Twin Lakes Conservation Club but have quickly grown now to a completely separate non-profit organization with charitable status and a membership of over 250 with many chapters in the area. The group now has their own office and an 11-member board of directors from every section of the educational community.

We are much more than just kids protecting turtles since our adult volunteers who include parents, active and retired educators and community leaders give presentation to schools and community groups on invasive species, species at risk, vernal pools and many other environmental subjects including turtles and other reptiles. The group is affiliated and formed partnerships with many leading environmental organizations including Ontario Nature. For more information on Kids For Turtles Environmental Education visit their website at www.kidsforturtles.com or email info@kidsforturtles.com. You can also call their office at 705-325-5386 (KFT6).

For more information please contact Ontario Nature at 1-800-440-2366 or info@ontarionature.org.

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