Press Release: MooseWood Announces Crowdfunding Effort to Raise Funds for Snapping Turtle Home


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Organization Hopes Community Will Help Raise $1,000 by March 1st

Marquette, MI: – January 31, 2019 –  The MooseWood Nature Center announces the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to raise $1,000 to provide a much larger home for Shelldon, the snapping turtle.

The MooseWood Nature Center has received a $1500 grant from the Marquette Breakfast Rotary of which $1000 will go towards the new enclosure and $500 towards future reptile related school and public programming. The total cost of this project is estimated to be about $2,500.

Animal Care Supervisor, Alex Bott states, “I am very excited to see progress on Shelldon’s habitat. Our GoFundMe has raised $620 so far, but we continue reaching out to the community for support. The new enclosure will most importantly lead to his increased quality of life, also heightening community involvement and educational programs.”

A new bigger home is needed for Shelldon. His current enclosure is not specifically designed for snapping turtles and he is quickly outgrowing it. His new, custom designed enclosure will allow him to swim freely and accommodate his size as he grows to maturity. Shelldon’s new home will be built and assembled by volunteers and be made from locally purchased lumber and marine grade plywood. It will feature:

  • Dimensions of 8 feet wide, by 4 feet high, by 4 feet deep
  • Water depth will be approximately 2 feet and hold 430 gallons of water
  • A land basking area
  • A 6.5 foot by 3.5 foot glass front viewing area highlighting Shelldon himself
  • And more!

“Shelldon is one of our most popular educational animals and turns heads to the many visitors of the nature center, says board member, Tiffany Rantanen. We need your help spreading the word about Shelldon’s need for a new home where people can see a more comfortable and happy snapping turtle.”

We know the snapper-loving community is as excited as we are for the construction of this new enclosure, and we hope they join this crowdfunding campaign to help us raise a significant portion of the funds by May 1st.

Those interested in donating to the crowdfunding campaign can visit the GoFundMe Campaign, Shelldon’s New Home. Gifts can also be mailed to MNC: P.O. Box 773, Marquette, MI 49855, dropped off during regular open hours, or given online at or via our Facebook page.

MooseWood Nature Center is an independent, non-profit organization supported by memberships, donations, program fees, grants, and fundraisers. Located on Presque Isle Park in the former Shiras Pool building, our mission is to celebrate nature through education and action in the Upper Peninsula.