Gopher Tortoise Day

April 10th was officially adopted by the Gopher Tortoise Council as Gopher Tortoise Day! The goal of Gopher Tortoise Day is to increase awareness and appreciation for these long lived, gentle reptiles. You can help celebrate this native tortoise by hosting an event in your community, asking your local City or County Commission to officially adopt April 10th as Gopher Tortoise Day, and by educating others on the importance of protecting gopher tortoises. Visit to access resources, including the resolution template, ideas for hosting an event in your state along with hands-on activities, and educational materials that can be printed and distributed to friends and neighbors in your community. If you have questions about Gopher Tortoise Day, hosting an event, or adopting a resolution, please contact the Gopher Tortoise Education and Outreach Coordinator at or call (850) 921–1025.