Virtual Junior Explorer: Turtle Week

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


If you have ever been to a Parklands camp, Junior Explorer program, or just stopped by at the PNC Achievement Center, then you know Ranger Russell and Ranger Randy. These two terrific turtles are the stars of the show at The Parklands Outdoor Classroom where each year over 12,000 students get an up close and personal look at what it's like to be a turtle! 


To honor these amazing reptilian rangers we will be celrbrating throughout the week of May 18-22 with special, virtual Junior Explorer activities like the games, videos, and crafts below.

The festivities will culminate on Saturday May 23 as we observe World Turtle Day - Louisville style - by hosting the slowest two minutes in sports. Join us on The Parklands Facebook page at 10 a.m. as Ranger Russell and Ranger Randy go head to head to determine the the champion of The Outdoor Classroom.

For a preview of the slowest two minutes in sports, check out the turtle training video below! 

Celebrate Turtle Week! During turtle week there is so much to do and see! As you begin your week, use this Turtle Bingo card to guide you in your totally awesome turtle adventures! And make sure to check out all the activities below to learn more about our reptile friends, why they are important, and how we can help protect them

Create Your Very Own Shell! A turtle's shell is it's most important adaptation. Some are flat, some are round, some a rough, some are smooth but all help protect turtles from predators. Make your own turtle shell to show off and to support Team Russell or Team Randy during the big race!

Eagle Eye or Turtle Eye? Want to get out to The Parklands to spot some turtles?! Check out this map of Beckley Creek Park. We made some modifications to let you know where to go to spot one of the many turtle species around Floyds Fork! Just follow the map and stop at all five turtle icons to try your luck! 

Life As a Turtle Isn't a Game, or Is It? If you're feeling inspired after taking a turtle walk, really put yourself in a box turtles shoes and try your hand at the turtle trail game! This interactive game lets you explore the highs and lows of box turtle life in the wild!

Road Warriors! Have you ever seen a turtle trying to cross the road? If you love turtles like us, you may want to help. Watch the video below to learn how to help a turtle safely cross the road. 

Memory Like a Turtle! Every year Box Turtles return to the same feeding and nesting spots in the forest- often crossing many roads to get there! Now that you know a little more about turtles, test your memory with this turtley awesome matching game

Make Your Own Turtle Egg! During spring, many turtle species lay their eggs. Some turtles like red-eared sliders can lay up to 30 eggs at a time! Watch the video below and make your own turtle eggs! 

I Want a Pet Turtle! If you love turtles and are considering one as a pet, there are a few things you should know first. Read our turtle release public service announcement so you have all the facts before you take a turtle from their native habitat. 

Happy Birthday Ranger Russell and Ranger Randy! While we may not know the birthday of these two reptilian competitors, we can still celebrate them on World Turtle Day!  Please help us wish Ranger Russell and Ranger Randy a Happy Birthday by making your very own birthday card, poem, or song. You can email your cards to Director of Education Curtis Carman at, or mail them or drop them off at the addresses below!  

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