News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 12, 2013

Terre Haute Children’s Museum shelling out turtle information

Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — What should you do when you see a turtle in the road?

How can you help a turtle that appears to be injured?

How do turtles help our environment?

The Terre Haute Children’s Museum plans to offer answers to those quetions and more next week when it hosts “Turtle Power”

The event, scheduled 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, will feature turtle-themed crafts, activities and a presentation by Amber Slaughterbeck, natural resource programmer for the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department. Slaughterbeck is also known as “turtle girl.”

In August 2010, during her daily drive to classes at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Slaughterbeck kept encountering a sad scene alongside the highway – the remains of turtles killed by vehicular traffic.

Slaughterbeck was heartbroken and frustrated over what she saw, so she decided to do her part to save these turtles. Since then, she has rescued more than 2,000 turtles from the area near the Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area in West Terre Haute.

At “Turtle Power,” Slaughterbeck will talk about her experiences, share her knowledge about local turtle populations and help museum guests aid the turtle population.

The event is part of the 2013 Year of the River activities that focus on the river and the arts, culture, environment and educational events through which it flows.

“Amber [Slaughterbeck] has dedicated so much of her heart and time to help these wonderful creatures,” said Lynn Hughes, executive director of the museum, “and we’re grateful that she’s willing to visit the museum to share her experiences and educate our guests about the turtles in our local area.”

“Turtle Power” is free with museum admission. Museum admission is free for members of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum and children under 24 months. Regular admission is $7 for adults and children older than 24 months.

The Terre Haute Children's Museum, 727 Wabash Ave., is a nonprofit institution dedicated to enriching children’s lives through science and technology.