Turtle Connections

Public Sea Turtle Nest Excavations

Daytime Turtle Digs

Want to learn how and why scientists collect reproductive data on sea turtle nests? During nesting season, you may see sea turtle nests protected with wooden stakes, tape, and signs. These nests are monitored daily until they hatch to track influential factors for their survival. Three days after hatching, our permitted Turtle Team will evaluate the success of each nest marked for education and record key information that contributes to Local, State, and Federal recovery plans. We want you to join our team on the beach for a Turtle Dig and learn more about what you can do to help protect sea turtles. Every nest is different but sometimes hatchlings are left behind in the nest which we remove and release into the ocean.

Links to register for a Turtle Dig can be found in our Event Calendar.

When: July and August, as nests hatch

Where: Ocean Grill 1050 Beachland Blvd. Vero Beach, FL 32963

Time: 8:00 am

Price: Free! A Donation is suggested within your means. 

Photo Credit: Joe Rimkus Jr.

Nighttime Turtle Walks are guided educational programs designed to immerse you in sea turtle conservation. This program provides an exciting opportunity to observe the nesting process before this ancient reptile returns back to the ocean. To ensure you have a memorable experience, our Turtle Team has prepared other exciting experiences that allow you to “see” as a turtle sees, conduct a mini lighting survey, and learn more about the importance of a healthy vegetated dune. You will also get your own picture of the nesting Loggerhead you watched to share your memories with others.

Links to register for a Turtle Dig can be found in our Event Calendar.

When: Fridays in June and July

Where: Riomar Beach Club 2426 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963

Time: 9:00 pm

Price: Free! A $20 refundable reservation deposit is required to register. 

Public Sea Turtle Watches

Nighttime Turtle Walks

Photo Credit: Joe Rimkus Jr.

Rescue, Research and Outreach

Whether you found a sick or injured sea turtle or you are looking for an educational speaker for an event or community group, our team is ready to connect with you.