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Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Celebrates World Turtle Day and Archaeology Month

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Join your friends and neighbors on May 21 for Turtles and Trowels, a celebration of World Turtle Day and Archaeology Month at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

“This is a great day to explore the cultures of the past and learn about ancient reptiles,”# said Jason West, director of development at the GEHC.

World Turtle Day was created to bring attention to and increase knowledge of turtles and tortoises and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. Of the 56 species of turtles found in the continental United States, 42 live among us here in the Southeast.

“This will be a great opportunity to meet your shelled, reptile neighbors from around the corner and from around the world,”# added West.

In addition to meeting live turtles, there will be special turtle crafts and activities.

May is also Archaeology Month in Georgia. Archaeology Month is intended to promote preservation and stewardship of our hidden archaeological heritage.

“At the Turtles and Trowels festival, we will also explore our cultural heritage and learn what we can do to protect the past,” said West.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn how to make pottery and baskets, test their knowledge of archaeology and throw an atlatl!

This program is included with admission to the GEHC.# As always, GEHC members are admitted free.# For additional information, please visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.