The Turtle Sanctuary
Blue Heron and The Amphibian Foundation have created a special place for turtles who can no longer live in the wild. As you approach the Blue Heron office building, on your left you will find a modest enclosure with a pond, native plants, a rain garden, and native turtles. We hope that this space will be a showcase of what we value here at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve.
In the Turtle Sanctuary you can find 13 Eastern Box Turtles. Box Turtles are native to Georgia, so normally we would want them wandering as they wish through the Preserve, but these turtles are rehabilitated in some way and cannot be released into the wild. If you'd like to "adopt" a turtle by helping us provide extra food, care, and love, please click here.
How many turtles can you spot in the Sanctuary? Visit today to find out!
Gus Feinour, from Troop 304, created a rain garden for the Turtle Sanctuary as his Eagle Scout Project in 2018. Rain water from the awning above the front door is led through a series of gutters to the southern corner of the space. From there it leads to the pond, where the water is slowed down and stored. When that overflows, it spills out to the rain garden where it is further stored, filtered, and absorbed by the surrounding plants or is released into the ground.
Eagle Scout Gus Feinour put the finishing touches on his project by planting seven different species of native plants that are appropriate for rain gardens such as this. In the garden you will find: Coral Bells, Columbine, Blue-Eyed Grass, Southern Shield Fern, Dwarf-Crested Iris, White Wood Aster, and Shallow Sedge. A beech tree was also planted to match the original name of the office building.