Beginning in the summer of 2012, students, staff and parents at Hutto Elementary school and from the community helped create a special habitat for the five resident Texas box turtles living there. The turtles, which are protected under state law, are fed scraps from the garden and a special rainwater collection system has been installed. The project was headed up by Barbara Welch, who has been with Hutto Elementary for 25 years. Photos by Elizabeth Page/The Hutto News
One of five box turtles living in the courtyard at the school feeds on a piece of fruit. Students and volunteers have created a conservation habitat for the protected species.
Traci McGrath helps sons, Pax and Beckett, observe the box turtles.
Parents and volunteers from the Williamson County Master Gardeners group helped ensure the proper habitat was created for the turtles
Hutto ISD students Kat and Kylie Sears and Xavier and Soleil Patterson show their excitement about the Ft. Worth Zoo character Safari Sam who will turn his educational video camera on the newly created turtle habitat they helped build at Hutto Elementary School over the summer.
Longtime HES employee Barbara Welch spearheaded the conservation habitat project.
Hutto Middle School student Ben Blok helped plan and measure various parts of the landscape design.
Kristin Haynes helps her daughter, Kendyl, and friend Dru Kimball water new plants.