Beachfront Lighting: Education, Outreach and Materials


Each traveling display is three-sided with a different “good lighting practice” highlighted on each side.

Traveling educational displays

With funding from the Sea Turtle License Plate Grants Program, the Sea Turtle Conservancy created 4 traveling  displays to educate residents and visitors about sea turtle lighting. Each side of the display explains one of the three golden rules to turtle friendly lighting and contains examples of real sea turtle friendly fixtures. The display also comes with a TV screen equipped with an interactive video for visitors to watch.

Where are the displays now?

Right now, three of the four lighting displays are scattered across the state of Florida. There is a lighting display at:

  1. The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center in Navarre Beach
  2. Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach
  3. The Miami Seaquarium in Key Biscayne

How can an organization borrow a display?

Organizations can borrow the lighting displays for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 1 year. If you would like to borrow a display or would like more information, please email


Lighting workshops for code enforcement personnel

STC has developed a lighting workshop program for city and county code enforcement and planning professionals. This workshop informs code enforcement personnel about how artificial light impacts turtles, the current ordinances and regulations on beachfront lighting, and how to recognize poor beachfront lighting. This particular audience is important because it has the authority to enforce the laws that are already in place, so educating them about sea turtle biology and lighting techniques is especially important.

The workshop consists of three 45-minute sections in a classroom, as well as an optional hour-and-a-half field component where STC staff takes the audience on the beach at night to show them how to identify problem lights.

STC’s lighting team received a Sea Turtle License Plate Grant in May 2017 to provide presentations to the public and workshops to local code enforcement about sea turtle lighting throughout the Florida peninsula. This is the first time that STC will be presenting around the entire state, which will help to educate many coastal communities near important sea turtle nesting beaches. STC will also host condensed lighting presentations for beachfront residents that focus on ways to make their homes sea turtle friendly.

Below are the general times and locations for the workshops and presentations:

STC Biologist and Lighting Project Manager Rick Herren presents to local code enforcement in Escambia County.

Month/Year       Location

May 2017            Atlantic Beach, St. Augustine

June 2017           Daytona Beach, Cocoa Beach

July 2017             Fort Pierce, Jupiter

January 2018      Pompano Beach, Miami Beach

March 2018         Naples, Port Charlotte

May 2018            Sarasota, Clearwater

If you have specific questions about the presentations or workshops, please email:

Stacey Marquis (
Rachel Tighe (


Online Sea Turtle Lighting Workshop

STC recognizes that not all code enforcement officers and building professionals can attend our in-person sea turtle lighting workshops. After listening to requests from code enforcement officers across the state of Florida, STC has developed a condensed, online version of the lighting workshop, which can be found on our YouTube channel. Here are the three sections:

Part 1: Sea Turtle Biology
Part 2: The Laws Surrounding Sea Turtles and Lights
Part 3: The Best Practices for Managing Artificial Light


Educational Materials

Click on the images below to download a flyer about beach flashlights, a brochure about STC’s lighting program, a guide about sea turtle friendly fixtures and bulbs, or a general brochure about the problem of sea turtles and artificial light.