Barrier Island Center: Educational Programs

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Join us on a Virtual Sea Turtle Walk!

Join Sea Turtle Conservancy’s Dr. Dan Evans, Senior Research Biologist, and Sarah Rhodes-Ondi, Community Stewardship Coordinator at the Barrier Island Center, for a Virtual Turtle Walk in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about the characteristics of the three main sea turtle species nesting in the Carr Refuge, threats to their survival, and how you can help sea turtles from home.

Get up close (virtually) with a loggerhead turtle by observing her nesting as she lays her eggs on the most important nesting beach for loggerheads in the world. There will also be time for Q & A with our turtle experts.

This is a 1 hour webinar that requires registration (maximum of 100 attendees). STC’s in-person turtle walks provided an important source of income for our work at the Barrier Island Center in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. While this webinar is being provided free of charge, we ask that you consider making a Donation or Adopt-A-Turtle to support STC’s work on behalf of sea turtles in this challenging time.

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During June and July the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) has a limited number of spaces for the public to join us on a guided turtle walk. Through this program, STC hopes that the experience of a guided sea turtle walk will help inspire future naturalists and sea turtle advocates. Florida’s beaches, especially along the east central coast in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, provide nesting habitat for more nesting loggerhead turtles than any place in the Western Hemisphere and more endangered green turtles than any place in North America. In addition, endangered leatherback sea turtles nest in the Carr Refuge.

Walks are conducted by STC on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights in June and July. Space is limited to 20 people per night. Cost is $15 per person, paid in advance, to reserve a space.

UPDATE: In-person turtle walks have been cancelled for 2020.
STC has made the difficult decision to cancel all of the in-person turtle walks this summer. This decision was made with the health and well-being of our program guests, staff and volunteers being our highest priority. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

How to Help Sea Turtles While Visiting the Beach

Be an Eco-Explorer! Take Part in STC’s “Sea Turtles, Stewardship and Much More!” Summer Camps

For the health and safety of all, Barrier Island Explorers is post-poned to summer 2021

Sea Turtle Conservancy in partnership with Brevard County’s Environmentally Endangered Lands Program at the Barrier Island Center, located in the heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in south Melbourne Beach, Florida, is proud to announce the 11th annual Eco-Explorer’s “Sea Turtles, Stewardship and Much More!” summer camps for children ages 9 to 15.

Three day (Monday – Wednesday) aquatic adventure camps are offered in June (June 8-10 & June 15-17).

Included with camp is a special, preferred reservation for campers, their family and friends to join Sea Turtle Conservancy on a guided sea turtle walk any Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday in June or July!

Each camper will receive a complimentary turtle walk. For each additional walker there is a $15 fee.

See the 2020 Eco-Explorers flyer for more camp details.

Please do not delay as camps and turtle walks are limited and fill quickly!

Once camps are filled the “Itinerary, What to Wear & Bring for Camp”, “Camp Mission & More”, “Meet Your Eco-Guides” and “Turtle Walk Guidelines” will be emailed or available at the Barrier Island Center.

Form more information or to be placed on a waiting list, please contact:

Sarah Rhodes-Ondi
Community Stewardship Coordinator
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Barrier Island Center
8385 S. Hwy A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Phone: 321-723-3556