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The Traveling Tortoise is the mobile education outreach program of the North Carolina Tortoise Sanctuary. We are dedicated to making science education fun and meaningful for not only children, but everyone in our community! Our program introduces students to the fascinating world of herpetology (reptiles and amphibians). Students will have an unforgettable experience, while learning about amazing creatures from all over the world.

The Traveling Tortoise is the perfect program if you are looking for extra STEM enrichment for your students? We entertain while teaching important biological, geographical, and ecological topics. They will have so much fun, they'll forget they are leaning!

Did you know The Traveling Tortoise is the educational outreach unit of The NC Tortoise Sanctuary? And best of all, the revenue generated from the program fees provide 100% of the funding needed for the sanctuary operation.

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Local Events & Happenings

Pack up the babies and bring the old ladies! Come enjoy a day with The Traveling Tortoise at The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences annual Reptile & Amphibian Day on Saturday, March 14th, 9am-5pm. Reptile & Amphibian Day is not only the largest educational reptile/amphibian event in the country, it is also a super fun, free day all ages will enjoy!

WHAT: NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Reptile & Amphibian Day

WHEN: Saturday, March 14th, 9am-5pm

WHERE: 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

We are excited to introduce our newest education program option geared towards elementary and middle school grades:

Tar Heel Turtles and Toads!

Nothing is finer than the reptiles of North Carolina! From the majestic Blue Ridge to the pristine beaches of the Outer Banks, North Carolina truly has incredible and diverse species of reptiles and amphibians! Explore NC’s state reptile, the amazing Eastern Box turtle. Learn about the fascinating life cycle of the flashy Tiger salamander. Discover the snakes sharing your neighborhood. All of this and more with The Traveling Tortoise’s exciting new

Tar Heel Turtles & Toads program!

GREAT news for The Traveling Tortoise! Our program will participate in the Durham Arts Council's CAPS program!

CAPS is a 42-year program which places professional artists in public and private classrooms throughout Durham, Granville, and Orange counties. CAPS impacts the lives of over 20,000 students each year. Children in these counties will be able to experience two of our programs "The Young Herpetologist" and "Frogs and the Fabulous Life Cycle". We are thrilled to be working with such a fantastic organization!

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