Seeking snappers at Boscobel

snapping turtleAbout 1,200 snapping turtles, New York’s official reptile, live in the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary, located just below Boscobel House & Gardens. Every June, female turtles climb up the steep hill to Boscobel’s lush lawns to lay their eggs, using the claws on their hind feet to scoop out a nest where they will deposit 20 to 60 eggs.

At 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, Boscobel will host its 20th annual Snapping Turtle Walk. Members of the Constitution Marsh staff will discuss the habits and history of these living fossils and introduce live specimens to the audience. Snapping turtles can live to be 100 years old, weigh up to 40 pounds and grow 12 to 14 inches long.

After the discussion, guests are invited to walk Boscobel’s grounds to seek and observe nesting female turtles. Complimentary coffee and donuts will be available at 7:30 a.m. Admission is $12/adults, $8/children 6 to 12. Children under 6 free. Friends of Boscobel members receive a 10 percent discount.

To celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day on June 7, enjoy a guided hike and bird watch on Boscobel’s Woodland Trail of Discovery. An educator from Constitution Marsh will lead this hike immediately following the Turtle Walk at approximately 9 a.m. Space is limited for the hike; advance ticket purchase recommended.  Purchase tickets at or call 845-265-3638, ext. 115 or visit during regular business hours. This is a rain or shine event.

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