Turtle Nesting Season is Here

Now is your chance to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience! 


Friends of the Archie Carr Refuge invite you on an educational daytime turtle walk. 

Walks start at 8 a.m. on Wednesdays through August and last about an hour. 

This event starts with a brief presentation in the air-conditioned auditorium. Next, the group will head to the beach to observe the results of a nest excavation. The contents of a recently emerged nest will be dug up and displayed. Our volunteers will show what can be learned from excavating a nest, including the hatching success rate.

When available, hatchlings will be released for public viewing under a permit from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The releases include hatchlings found by the University of Central Florida research students as well as the occasional hatchlings found in the excavated nest. During 2016, hatchlings were available for more than 80% of the daytime walks.

Watching hatchlings walk to the Atlantic and swim away is a memorable experience for adults and children.

No charge for children accompanied by adults. Please register any children that you are bringing so that we can reserve space for your group.

Wednesdays at  8 a.m. 
Barrier Island Sanctuary
8385 S. Hwy A1A
Melbourne, FL 32951

Register Here 


Our Mission Statement:  “To promote the conservation of sea turtles and natural resources of the Archie Carr NWR and engage in such educational, scientific partnership and civic activities as will support the mission of the refuge.”

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