On Saturday July 4th the WLCA hosted a stewardship workshop for all the kids (and 'young-at-heart') at Wood Lake. The theme for this year's workshop was "Turtles" and the goal was to teach kids about some of the native reptile species in Ontario, what threats face the animals, and how they can help. Scales Nature Park delivered a fantastic and engaging live-animal presentation to a crowd of about 70 people. The staff from the park delighted the audience with 4 different types of native snake species (gartersnake, milksnake, hog-nosed snake and black ratsnake), as well as 3 different native turtle species (Blanding's turtle, spotted turtle, and a snapping turtle). Kids got a chance to hold some friendly corn snakes and pet the Blanding's turtle. Following the presentation, a hearty crowd of nearly 25 kids came out to the Bingo Hall to paint their own concrete turtle garden ornament. Turtles of all colours from the life-like colours of green and grey, to pink and bright blue resulted!
Thank you to the Middletons for letting the WLCA use their property for the workshop! And thank yous also go to our volunteers: Dianna Armstrong, Jim and Cindy Colvin, and Allyson Rapson.
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