It’s Snapping Turtle Time at Boscobel on June 16

Constitution Marsh's Eric Lind holding snapping turtle

Program newly expanded with Constitution Marsh and Hudson Highlands Nature Museum activities

A family favorite since 1994, Boscobels annual Snapping Turtle Walk event has been expanded — thanks to sponsorship by the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary and the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum — to include a variety of nature programs for a morning spent surrounded by one of the most scenic locations in the Hudson Valley.

On Saturday, June 16, bring your camera and begin at the Belvedere, overlooking the Hudson, bright and early for an up-close (but not too up-close!) snapping turtle presentation. These prehistoric creatures have been climbing up the banks from Constitution Marsh to Boscobel every spring to lay their eggs. After the presentation and a brief search for turtles, guests will have their choice of nature events to explore:

7:30 a.m. – Snapping turtle presentation on the Belvedere – Bring your chairs and/or blankets for a live specimen presentation and a Q&A session.

8:30 a.m. – Search for egg-laying turtles on Boscobel’s lawns.

9 a.m. – Bird walk on the Woodland Trail.  Spring mornings are a perfect time to look for the Hudson Valley’s wild songbirds.
Programs above presented by educators from the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary

10 a.m. – Dragonfly presentation & pond-side exploration. Learn about dragonflies and damselflies including anatomy, life cycle, feeding habits and species identification. Hands-on exploring, searching for larvae in the pond with dip nets, and capturing adults in sweep nets for a closer look, before releasing back to their habitat.

11 a.m. – Woodland trail hike with a nature scavenger hunt. Wander the trails with an environmental educator. Children will enjoy testing their observation skills as they check off items on their scavenger hunt list and learn about nature’s wonders. Bring your completed hunt list to the museum shop for a free gift.
Programs above presented by educators from the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum.

$18/adult, Kids 12 and under free; complimentary coffee and juice served. Purchase tickets in person, over the phone or online at Boscobel website.


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  1. We recently saw a snapping turtle lay eggs in our garden. How long does it take until they hatch?