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Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre

The Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (formerly called the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre), in Peterborough, Ontario, treats and releases over 1,000 injured adult turtles and hatchlings per year. With seven of eight species of Ontario turtles now at risk, this centre provides an effective way to sustain threatened and endangered species. The centre was founded in 2002 and has been a registered non-profit charity since 2004.

In 2013, the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre secured a $100,000 grant, by coming first in its category in the Shell Fuelling Change Competition. Over the past several years, the centre has also received numerous foundation grants, to help develop and sustain its operation.

In 2015, the centre opened an educational facility, with both indoor exhibits and an outdoor interpretive trail.

  • We are long-time members of the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre/Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, and also support the centre via regular donations.
  • In November 2015, in consultation with the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre, my Grade 5 class wrote letters to our local MPP, urging the government to ban the legal hunting of Snapping Turtles for food, in Ontario. Snapping Turtles are recognized as a species-at-risk by both the Federal and Provincial governments:

Here are the finished products:
This is the letter we received from the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre, thanking us for our assistance:

  • In April 2014, I celebrated Earth Day by "saving a turtle."


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Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital
The Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital (currently under construction) will be located just outside Orillia, Ontario.  This hospital will help to take some of the burden off the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, in Peterborough, by providing a turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release facility in the Georgian Bay area.

In 2014, the Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital secured a $50,000 grant, by coming first in its category in the Shell Fuelling Change Competition.

  • In March 2017, I delivered a salamander that was found in a student's basement to Scales Nature Park, the parent organization sponsoring the Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital. Scales agreed to care for the salamander until it could be released, in the Spring.

  • During the 2012-13 school year, my daughter and I volunteered at Scales Nature Park, on Saturday mornings. Scales is the education/conservation organization that is sponsoring the Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital.  In this picture, Em (top) is assisting a staff member with post-surgical care of a snake:

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  • In June 2014, I had the privilege of assisting this young Snapping Turtle across a secondary highway, near the school where I teach: