Aiding The Mighty Terrapin | WYPR

Aiding The Mighty Terrapin

Aug 16, 2019

5th grade students at Dr. Sally Ride Elementary School in Germantown, MD, get to know the diamondback terrapin up close and learn about the Poplar Island environmental restoration program.
Credit Cynthia Mitchell / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Poplar Island is a haven for diamondback terrapins. Some of the island’s residents arrive there from the Terrapin Education and Research on Poplar - TERP - program, which gives hatchlings a head start in classrooms across the state.

Laura Baker, of the Maryland Environmental Service, explains that time in the classroom helps turtles grow and gives them a better chance of survival. And Paul Taylor, who teaches fourth grade at Church Hill Elementary in Queen Anne’s County, says his pupils learn the scientific method by tracking the growth of terrapins.