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It’s turtle time with Uxbridge Earth Kids

It’s turtle time with Uxbridge Earth Kids

COURTNEY McCLURE, for The Standard

NORTH DURHAM: Do you like turtles? How much do you know about them? Did you know there are eight native species of turtles living in Ontario?

All eight species of turtles living in Ontario are currently endangered, according to Uxbridge Earth Kids. Uxbridge Earth Kids is a family-started and run organization. The community organization was created by Sara and Ethan Zon, in March. Sara Zon has a background in education and is currently working for Durham Farm and Rural Family Resources.

Ethan and Sara Zon have stated, their goal is to organize four events per year with a focus on the environment and the community; designed to show our kids they have the power to take action to make our world a better place. For this event they’ve partnered with the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (OTCC).

“We love the amazing work and educational outreach they do,” the Zon family said.

The education coordinator for the OTCC, Wendy Baggs, will be teaching participants about species of turtles which are native to Ontario and what they can do to help protect the turtles.

“We may even have a few of these awesome creatures on-site,” added the Zon family.

The event is in-person and will be taking place at the Bandshell, in Elgin Park, in Uxbridge. The date of the event is September 18th, and it will start at 10 a.m.

Since this is an in-person event, numbers of participants will be limited, to help maintain a safe distance. Masks are required for parents, and their kids aged six and up.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms or who may have been in contact with someone who is currently experiencing symptoms are asked to stay home.

This event is offered at no charge, courtesy of Uxbridge Earth Kids’ sponsor, Lakeland Water Treatment in Uxbridge. The Zon family ask participants to make a cash donation to the OTCC, if they are able.

If you’d like to learn more about Uxbridge Earth Kids and the community events they host, you can find them on Facebook at UxbridgeEarthKids.

For more information about this event, please contact Sara and Ethan Zon, via the Uxbridge Earth Kids Facebook page or by email, at

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