Tonca’s turning 52 on Saturday, July 14 and everyone is invited to his party! This adored Alligator snapping turtle has been MOSH’s unofficial mascot since 1994. Along with the festivities, visitors will also get a rare opportunity to see Tonca up-close for his annual weigh-in and check-up. This is the only day of the year that Tonca is removed from MOSH’s Hixon Native Plant Courtyard. Come celebrate with us at MOSH!
Schedule of Events:
10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
- Scavenger Hunt! Win a prize when you find all of Tonca’s friends!
- Wish Tonca a Happy Birthday and be entered to win a plush turtle from The MOSH Store!
- Water Analysis Station
- Science Demo Carts throughout the Museum
- Special Treat for guests of Tonca!
- Animal Encounters
- 10:30 a.m. @ Florida Naturalist’s Center
Come meet the different members of North Florida’s turtle family! Our Naturalists will tell you how everyday citizens like you can help protect our turtles and their habitats.
- 11:30 a.m. @ Florida Naturalist’s Center
Greet a Gator
Come to the Florida Naturalist’s Center for an up close and personal meeting with our resident baby American alligators! Learn some interesting facts about the babies, as well as the fierce predators they’ll someday become.
- 12:15 p.m. MOSH Member’s Only Animal Encounter @ Hixon Native Plant Courtyard
Celebrate Tonca by learning more about what makes him a special turtle! Let a Naturalist take you on a guided adventure through Tonca’s home, the Hixon Native Plant Courtyard.
- Invertebrate Encounters @ Atlantic Tails
- Tonca’s Annual Weigh-In & Check-Up
- Special presentation about Tonca during his check-up
Thinking about booking your own party at MOSH?
Guests of Tonca’s Birthday Celebration will receive 10% off any MOSH Birthday Party Package booked on that day! More information about booking parties and gatherings at MOSH will be available the day of the event.