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Turtles travel to Buford venue

Visitors to the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center’s “Turtle Travels” can get up close and personal with the turtles in a special crawl-under tank. The exhibit runs through Jan. 3. (Special Photo)

Visitors to the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center’s “Turtle Travels” can get up close and personal with the turtles in a special crawl-under tank. The exhibit runs through Jan. 3. (Special Photo)

BUFORD — If Zoo Atlanta is a little too far away, there’s a chance to see turtles closer to home.

Beginning today, the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will have a new exhibit, “Turtle Travels,” which gives the public a chance to study the reptiles.

Attendees will learn about the turtles through interactive games, images, artifacts and videos as well as looking at them up close and personal in aquatic tanks.

Other educational components include trying on a turtle shell, helping turtles to safety and following a sea turtle as it swims.

A Swiss Army turtle on display illustrates how a turtle’s body parts are adapted to fit its environment. There are interactive games that use the science of radio telemetry to track turtles through their terrain

For the younger children, lounge on a turtle and listen to children’s turtle tales.

“Turtle Travels” was created by the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative. The exhibit runs through Jan. 3. For more information, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.