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Turtle Talk with Sy Montgomery

May 23, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us in “shell-abrating” World Turtle Day at the Zoo as we host naturalist/author Sy Montgomery and illustrator Matt Patterson. These “turtle-y” passionate folks will talk turtles during this exclusive stop on the tour promoting their latest collaboration, The Book of Turtles.

The Book of Turtles is a picture book that’s suitable for adults and kids. It’s filled with Matt’s lifelike art and astounding facts about turtle evolution, turtle talents, celebrity turtles, and extreme turtles – did you know the spiny softshell turtle can outrun a 10-year-old child on the 100-yard dash? And of course, you’ll learn how you can help protect turtles in this love letter to chelonians.

This event is free, but reservations are required. Non-alcoholic beverages will be served and copies of Sy and Matt’s new book will be available for purchase. Event will be held in the Zoo’s Discovery Pavilion.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage and participate fully. To request accommodations or for inquiries about accessibility, please email


May 23, 2023
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Santa Barbara Zoo
500 Niños Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States
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(805) 962-5339

500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103