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Natural History Society of Maryland

World Turtle Day 2022

  • 22 May 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 6908 Bel Air Rd, Natural History Society of MD


  • Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America to offer special admission rates to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families each summer. The military ID holder and up to five family members. The military ID holder can be either active duty service member or other dependent family member with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active duty military family members.

During checkout, please indicate your first and second choice for timed ticket. Once you are registered, you will receive an email with your timed ticket.
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Turtles have existed on Earth since the time of the dinosaurs, but unlike them, they have survived.   Join us for our second annual celebration of all things turtle and tortoise. We are partnering with MATTS this year to bring even more animals than last year! Meet and interact with over a dozen species, learn about the latest conservation efforts, and see specimens from the NHSM collections including the first bog turtle found in Maryland in 1940.  In addition you can feed a tortoise and even take a photo with one. Be sure to buy a raffle ticket for your chance to win one of three copies of “Turtles of the World” donated by Princeton University Press.

World Turtle Day was created in 1990 as an annual observance to help people celebrate and protect these beloved creatures and their vanishing habitats around the world. There are 17 types of turtles that call Maryland home. Of those, 12 species are threatened by habitat loss and 9 are experiencing population decline. All four sea turtle species found in Maryland are protected by the ESA.

Please arrive during your selected time slot and head to the check in tent. Timed entry is in place to help maintain social distancing guidelines. There is no limit to how long you can stay, so enjoy your visit! Spaces for each time slot are limited.

  1.  10:00 AM
  2.  11:00 AM
  3. 12:00PM
  4. 1:00PM
  5. 2:00 PM
  6. 3:00 PM

COVID-19 safety guidelines:
I. Limited attendance
II. Timed entry
III. Masks Optional
IV. No food or drink in the building

In partnership with:
– Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society
– Maryland Department of Natural Resources
– Princeton University Press

The Natural History Society of Maryland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and contributions are tax-deductible.

The mission of the Natural History Society of Maryland is to foster stewardship of Maryland’s natural heritage by conserving its natural history collections, educating its citizenry, and inspiring its youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences.

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