Photo credit: Matt Patterson

Lowell Lecture

Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell with author Sy Montgomery and wildlife artist Matt Patterson

Date & Time

Sept. 21, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110
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Sy Montgomery and Matt Patterson

Presenting Organization

New England Aquarium




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The author of the beloved international bestseller "The Soul of an Octopus" now turns her attention to turtles. With artist Matt Patterson, she will share some of the heart-pounding dramas and accounts from other dedicated turtle-lovers animating their just-published book.

Montgomery and Patterson will share stories and images of extraordinary people and extraordinary turtles: The founders of the Turtle Rescue League, who care for between 250 and 1,000 injured, abandoned, or hatching turtles. Fire Chief, a 42-pound, 60-year-old wild snapping turtle, recovering (with the help of a custom wheelchair) from a spine-severing collision with a truck. Experts breeding the world’s rarest turtles for return to the wild. Suburban moms protecting native woodland turtle nests in New Hampshire.

Join us for a journey of discovery, adventure, and quiet courage, celebrating the ancient wisdom of turtles.

Doors of NEAq's Simons Theatre open at 6:00 p.m. Cash bar. The lecture begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.