Barrier Island Center: Educational Programs

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Join us on a Guided Sea Turtle Walk!

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.

Online reservations for the summer of 2020 open on May 1, 2020.

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

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 10th annual Eco-Explorer’s “Sea Turtles, Stewardship and Much More!” summer camps for children ages 8 to 15.

One week aquatic adventure day camps are offered during the month of June.

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 2019 Eco-Explorers flyer for more camp details.

To enroll, print the 2019 Eco-Explorers enrollment kit , fill out all forms, sign and email to or fax to 321-952-3207.

On Page 2, in the 3rd column, please be sure to number the camp weeks in order of preference (note – week of June 24-28 is full).  Also, please make sure to fill in the preferred turtle walk reservation date and number of walkers @ $15 each (note – no walk availability on June 10, July 4 or July 26).

After faxing forms call 321-723-3556 to make payment by credit card.

Camp enrollment and turtle walk reservations will be secured once payment is received.

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