Teacher: Shauna Moodie School: Monsignor O’Donoghue E.S., Grades 1-8
The OTCC presentation at our school really helped to raise the awareness of the students about the different species of turtles in Ontario, their habitats and their habits. With this increased awareness and knowledge; the students will undoubtedly be more inclined to protect their wetland habitats and to mitigate the threats to their existence in future. Thanks for a great presentation! The kids were very engaged. It’s not easy to keep a group of kids interested in something for 90 minutes! Well done! There were four classes in each presentation, which is approximately 100 students in two groups, so 200 in totals.
Teacher: Angela Cranny School: St. Anne, Grades 1-8
What an awesome presentation! Our students learned so much about the importance of wetlands and the need to learn about and protect our native turtles. Thanks for including live turtles during your presentation. They were a big hit!
Teacher: Kristy Hill School: Buckhorn P.S., Grades 1-8
The presentation was filled with important turtle conservation information (that children learn and understand) that connected to the curriculum, and seeing the live turtles, and comparing them to each other was fascinating for both students and adults. Thank you.
Teacher: Jenn Hambleton School: Compass Early Learning Grades Kindergarten-6
Great program! Information age appropriate but also info for the caregivers. Very clear when speaking and used lots of “props” to keep the young children interested. Patient and engaging – great job! *lots of visuals to look at!
Teacher: Patrick Muldoon School: Hillcrest P.S., Grades 2 – 6-7
As a teacher, it is very important to inspire kids to be connected to our natural world. This presentation certainly did this today! Thanks!
Teacher: Tara Menzies School: Prince of Wales P.S. at OTCC, Grades 4-6
Absolutely, our group was fascinated to see & learn about different turtle’s and how we can help. We will be recommending you to other groups. Thank you
Teacher: Stacy Higgins School: St.John Elementary S. , Grades 1-8
Educating the students about habitat loss and how this has impacted ecosystems and the species that live in them! Information about reproduction time is vital. Great job!!
Teacher: Andrea Hill Via Skype: Belleville
We loved the Skype session!!! it was such a fantastic experience and I feel as though we’ve sparked a love of turtles in some of these kiddos. One already told me she wants to save injured turtles when she gets older!
What organizers are saying about our education program:
Contact: Alexis Cooke Event description: UOIT Summer Education Camps Participants: Turtle Island
Your presentation brought-to-life all the concerns of turtles and their environment.. The campers were very engaged and it inspired a new generation to be stewards of ourenvironment! Amazing!!
Contact: Shawna Telford Event description: 1st Bridgenorth Beavers/Scouts Participants: aged 5-7 years
Yes it is! It is a great eye opener to let people know about the details it takes to save the population of our turtles. I believe the children will have a lot more knowledge and respect for our turtles and where to go to save a injured turtle.
Contact: Susan Monteith Event description: Biodiversity Day at OTCC Participants: Ennismore Sparks/Guides
We found your program very informative and hands on. The girls/parents/leaders gained a great insight and will spread the word and importance of spread the word of “turtle safety” and how important it is to help the injured.
Contact: Julia Garro Event description: Friends of Bon Echo Participants: Campers
OTCC’s presentation was inspiring! It was great to learn more about what the average person can do to help our wild turtle population!
Contact: Camp Counsellor Event description: Camp Kawartha Ed Centre Participants: Youth Campers
I have been to the centre and seen the presentation many times but I always learn more. Speaking for the kids I can honestly say absolutely! Inspiring and engaging!
Contact: Craig Brant Event description: Camp Kawartha Env. Centre Participants: Youth Campers
We run a very nature based program during our camps that you visited. This presentation gives the kids and staff a great deal of knowledge about turtles, wetlands and a conservation ethic in general. In addition, it inspires them with very practical steps they can use to help a turtle eg. When crossing a road and in a broader sense it inspires them and deepens their wish to make a difference for wildlife and nature. Our staff team always love the presentations and we always
learn something new every time! Thanks so much for your wonderful visits this summer!
Contact: Kelly King Event description: TRACKS Program Participants: Youth
To see the turtles walking around while hearing Wendy speak about the importance of protecting wild turtles really drove the message home. It was such an exciting afternoon for our campers and the questions were infinite! OTCC is an absolute wealth of knowledge and the positive impacts of the centre are felt across the province. We have a bunch of turtle lovers on our hands!
Contact: Rachelle Barrington Event description: Warsaw Caves Conservation Area Participants: Discovery Days Participants
The personal stories of the ambassador turtles! Very impactful. Your presentation is a fantastic way to foster connections to local habitats and wildlife. We have had you out before and will again! It is highly relevant to the objectives of ORCA and is always well received by our park visitors and staff alike.
Contact: Camp Counsellor Event description: Camp Kawartha Day Camp Participants: Aged 3.5 – 5 years
Engaging the audience with the turtles (kids LOVED it) Presentation was very informative and educational. Great amount of “take-home-knowledge” for campers was easy enough for the kinder campers to understand. Great job!
Contact: Thivya Siva Event description: Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust Participants: Aged 3 – adult
The OTCC presentation was a huge hit with all attendees – from children aged 3 to adults. Both Wendy and Rachel were excellent with the children, keeping them engaged from beginning to end and answering all their questions. OTCC staff are very knowledgeable and passionate about what they don, including teaching individuals how they can help the turtles of Ontario. It was inspiring to learn about the different turtle species at risk in Ontario, including easy methods to identify them, and the threats they face. The visual models were a great learning resource, as the children were able to touch the models without having to worry about hurting a live turtle.
This informative presentation was great not only for children, but for adults and parents as well, as everyone left with lots of new knowledge, including how to safely help a turtle across a road. The hands-on portion of the presentation was especially memorable, as it was the first time many participants were able to see a live Blanding’s turtle or Eastern Musk Turtle. Thank you OTCC for a great presentation, We will definitely be contacting you again for future presentations!