Last year I wrote about Chris and Steve Martin’s Turtle Sanctuary (see Our Town archives on this web site, or listen for my original “Our Town “ piece on 101.7FM). Well, this past week, Chris called to invite me back as the children from The Sunshine School came for a visit.
Chris and Steve went all out to display their large, small and always interesting breeds of turtles outside in easy to see, child friendly displays that would allow for the best ‘seeing is believing’ – ‘look-but-don’t-touch’ viewing. Chris even prepared a wonderful booklet for each child to take home with lots of information and great pictures to color…and also provided the crayons for a little creative artistry.
Steve put fresh, crisp lettuce in each turtle tank and box so that the children could watch in amazement as these captivating critters blissfully munched away. (I must say, there is something really adorable about watching a turtle tackle its large and leafy lunch.) There were also about a half dozen smaller turtle guys swimming happily in a plastic swimming pool. They strained their little heads out of the water to get a better look at all of us humans smiling and pointing.
The Martins are licensed by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Fish and Wildlife and Marine Resources to work with endangered and threatened turtle species, especially for exhibit purposes. Hosting this type of school outing is right up their alley. They go “above and beyond” to make a visit to their turtle sanctuary, fun and informative.
The Martins welcome school groups by appointment, and can be reached at 845 855 0572.