Animal Encounters: Koko the Owl and Friends - September 23, sponsored by the Lloyd Center for the Environment

Sep 19, 2017

Dartmouth - Join the Lloyd Center for the Environment on September 23rd for the second year of fun-filled interactions with the reptiles, amphibians, insects and other wildlife that inhabit our watershed. The day will be full of animal meet and greets, trail walks, scavenger hunts and activities for all age levels. More importantly, learn about the biodiversity in your own backyard.

10:00 am – Monarch Madness: Catching & Tagging Monarch Butterflies

11:00 am – Owl Hour: Local Author Cheryl Aguiar, Koko the Screech Owl Presentation

12:00 pm – Totally Turtles: Live Animal Meet and Greets

1:00 pm Drop-by Dip-Net: Catching Estuary Animals

Lead by the Lloyd Center staff, Animal Encounters: Koko the Owl and Friends will take place on Saturday, September 23rd from 10am – 2pm at the Lloyd Center for the Environment’s Hardscrabble Nature Preserve located at 430 Potomska Road in Dartmouth. This event is free to all Lloyd Center members, with a suggested donation of $5 for non-members. This family-friendly event is FREE to the public. We hope to see you there!

Pre-registration is not required for this event. All ages are welcome. If you have any questions about the event please contact Erika at 508-990-0505 x 18 or

The Lloyd Center for the Environment, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1978 and situated with its headquarters and spectacular nature preserve overlooking the scenic Slocum River estuary, has achieved a well-earned reputation for excellence in environmental research and education. Through its innovative outreach programs, it has established itself as a highly regarded leader in the ongoing effort to raise awareness of the area’s fragile coastal resources and the importance of protecting them.

The Center’s 82-acre property offers over five miles of walking trails, the “Bridge to Discovery” dock on the Slocum River, vernal pools, oak-hickory forest, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh, estuary views, and is home to two injured raptors (a screech owl and red-shouldered hawk).

The Visitor Center is open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays, and on Sundays, June - September, free of charge. There, aquarium exhibits offer unique views of live freshwater and saltwater species of fish and other marine critters.

The Center is also home to a fascinating collection of live local reptiles, amphibian and fish species. At the always popular touch-tank, youngsters learn the hands-on joy of socializing with gentle spider crabs, elusive minnows, sea stars (starfish), whelks, hermit crabs, periwinkles and mussels.