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For the Love of Turtles Open House - NMLC

The National Marine Life Center will be open during February Vacation Week! Our Marine Animal Discovery Center is open to the public daily from 10 am to 5 pm, February 18 -26, 2017. Our address is 120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay. Except during our “For the Love of Turtles” Open House, admission is free. Education programs are available for a small cost, as noted. Following is our schedule for the week. In the event of inclement weather, please call ahead (508-743-9888), check our website (www.nmlc.org), or check our Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/nationalmarinelifecenter).

FOR THE LOVE OF TURTLES OPEN HOUSE!

Saturday, February 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join us for our February Open House! Explore the Discovery Center, make a marine animal valentine, and enjoy games and refreshments. Meet local student, artist, and sea turtle conservationist Marissa F and observe a special demonstration of screen printing sea turtle art on t-shirts. Tour our marine animal hospital and meet our turtle patients.

COST: $5/person, members FREE.

MONDAY, February 20 – FRIDAY, February 24 EDUCATION SCHEDULE

11:00 A.M. ~ LITTLE FLIPPERS: Join us for a marine animal-themed story time and craft project! Different themes every day (see right). All ages welcome; most suitable for children ages 3-8. Children must be supervised. Program lasts 45-60 minutes.

COST: Members $3/child/program; Non-members $5/child/program.

12:00 P.M. ~ PATIENT UPDATE: Learn the stories of the marine animal patients currently in our care from a member of our Animal Care Team. View our sea turtles via live TV and meet our small turtles in person. Program lasts approximately 15-20 minutes. FREE.

1:00 P.M. ~ MARINE ANIMAL MEDICAL MYSTERY: What does it take to be a marine animal care technician? What are some of the questions and “mysteries” involved in wildlife rehabilitation? Each day, using models, we'll learn how to care for a different animal. Best suited for ages 8-14. Space is limited to 15 children.

COST: Members $3/child/program; Non-members $5/child/program.

2:00 P.M. ~ PATIENT UPDATE: Learn the stories of the marine animal patients currently in our care from a member of our Animal Care Team. View our sea turtles via live TV and meet our small turtles in person. Program lasts approximately 15-20 minutes. FREE.

3:00 P.M. ~ ENGINEERING DESIGN CHALLENGE: ANIMAL PROSTHETICS: How do you help an animal with an injured or missing limb? What can you do for a turtle with a damaged leg or shell? Discover how technology is being used to help disabled animals, and then complete an engineering challenge to design your own prosthetic device for a marine animal. Best suited for ages 8-14. Program lasts 45-60 minutes.

COST: Members $3/child/program; Non-members $5/child/program.

4:00 P.M. ~ PATIENT UPDATE:  Learn the stories of the marine animal patients currently in our care from a member of our Animal Care Team. View our sea turtles and seals via live TV and meet our small turtles in person. Program lasts approximately 15-20 minutes. FREE.     

All admissions, program fees, and gift shop sales support the marine wildlife rehabilitation, science, and education programs at the National Marine Life Center. NMLC is an independent, non-profit marine animal hospital and science and education center. We rehabilitate and release stranded marine mammals and sea turtles in order to advance science and education in marine wildlife health and conservation. Our non-profit tax id # is 04-3290276. We can be reached at 508-743-9888, nmlc@nmlc.org, or www.nmlc.org.