A Turtle’s Story

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Blanding’s Conservation at the Chicago Academy of Sciences

Time of Year
March 23, 2024 – October 13, 2024
Level 2

Blanding’s turtles are native to the Midwest, but a number of factors have led them to become endangered in Illinois. A Turtle’s Story gives a behind-the-scenes look at the conservation efforts taking place at the museum, and across the city, to help give these turtles a much-needed head-start!

Access to this exhibit is included with Museum admission.

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Since the 1990s, local conservation partners have worked together on a recovery program for Blanding’s turtles. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, working with the Nature Museum and other partners, has been conducting a ‘head-start’ program to help the turtles survive in the wild. Learn more about this program, and a head-start hatchling, through this exhibit.

A Closer Look

Learn more about Blanding’s turtles through the video below!

The Story Continues

Learn More about Blanding's

Take a closer look at our ongoing conservation work with Blanding's turtles, meet our scientists, and learn about the unique challenges this endangered species faces.

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