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Turtle Point to celebrate new wing

By Staff
Special to the Advance
Seven years after opening to the public, Turtle Point is celebrating a grand opening for the second time on Sept. 30.
Celebrate the Environment Day is a community festival highlighting environmental issues, organizations, and education in Alabama. This year's attractions include Alabama's own world-famous Eco-Illusionist, Steve Trash. Steve Trash will entertain and educate the crowd with his magic tricks using garbage. Dr. Doug Phillips of Discovering Alabama will present a lecture and will be dedicating the new Discovering Alabama Wetlands exhibit. Professor Bobby Harrison and Artist Larry Chandler, both of Ivory-billed Woodpecker fame, will be at the event as well. Auburn University's Raptor Rehabilitation Center will be here with live birds of prey. A trio of environmental "edu-tainers" – Jimmy Stiles, Steven Faughn, and Dave Holloway – will put on a great show highlighting Alabama's native wildlife.
This year's event will include the dedication of Turtle Point's new addition and several new exhibits. Museum Designer Jan Mize created a diorama of Alabama's wetland ecosystem and the Longleaf Pine ecosystem. This exhibit was funded in part by Legacy, Inc., Partners in Environmental Education and the DW McMillan Trust. Thanks to the generosity of Escambia County native John Walker Hoomes, we will also be dedicating a new fossil exhibit featuring the Basilosaurus cetoides.
The event will also feature representatives and informational booths from environmental organizations throughout Alabama. The gates will open at 9 am. Bring your family and some lawn chairs – the festivities will conclude around 3 pm. The event is free to the public. For more information, please call our office at (251) 296-3401 or email turtlepoint@escambiak12.net