FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 31, 2012)

Shell Point’s Academy of Lifelong Learning welcomes the public to learn about turtles, tortoises, and terrapins in a presentation by Kristie Anders, Education Director for Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation. This free presentation will take place at 1 pm on Friday, July 13 in the Grand Cypress Room at The Woodlands in Shell Point Retirement Community. Space is very limited, so reservations are required to attend, please call (239) 489-8472 to reserve your seat.

What are the differences between turtles, tortoises, and terrapins? The most common of these reptiles living among us are the Gopher Tortoises, Kemp’s Ridley, and Loggerhead Sea Turtles. However, most people are unaware that the only known species to live in brackish water, the Diamondback Terrapin, is right in our backyard. Anders will share with attendees her experiences with sea turtles over the last 25 years, including stories and facts regarding these animals, which can literally be traced to the age of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago.

“We are so lucky to share our environment with these beautiful and majestic creatures,” said Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services. “It is a pleasure to have as an engaging and knowledgeable a presenter as Ms. Anders offer this class to help us understand more about the differences between these species, as well as learn more about their amazing lifestyle.”

The Academy of Life Long Learning at Shell Point is a lifelong learning educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides anywhere from 70 to 90 classes each semester, that encompasses a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The Academy of Life Long Learning at Shell Point was named as one of 2008’s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry. The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course, deep water boating access, and recreational and fitness facilities. To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at or call 1-800-780-1131.



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