A special traveling turtle exhibit can now be seen at Forest Park Museum. This interesting exhibit is from the national Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque. Funding was provided by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program.
This display features hands-on activities, two live turtles and all kinds of interesting facts about these unique creatures, according to Forest Park Museum Curator Pete Malmberg.
Most people are unaware of the important role turtles play in ecosystems around the world. Many turtle species, including some in Iowa, are threatened with extinction.
“Turtles!” explains the lifecycles and threats facing these animals in a way the entire family will enjoy. The public is welcome to come and enjoy this free exhibit.
The museum is open during the week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Starting May 1, Forest Park Museum will also be open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4:30 p.m.
Forest Park Museum is located south of Perry, Iowa off of highway 141 on K Avenue. For more information, call the Conservation Board Office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 515-465-3577.