Barrier Island Center: Educational Programs: Sea Turtle Nest Dig Reservation

Join us on a Sea Turtle Nest Dig!

The Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) has a limited number of spaces for the public to join us on an outdoor daytime nest dig educational program.  This is an opportunity to see how sea turtle scientists study the hatching success of loggerhead sea turtle nests in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Following the nest excavation, there may be an opportunity to observe a live hatchling be released into the ocean, but this cannot be guaranteed. Nest digs, also known as Public Hatch Success Evaluations, are essential to sea turtle conservation efforts because the data collected helps scientists monitor how sea turtle populations are faring with an ever-changing nesting beach environment that has been impacted by humans. Learn what you can do to help save sea turtles.

Space is limited to 20 people per dig.

Cost is $6 per person, paid in advance, to reserve your space.

You are responsible for your own transportation to the Barrier Island Center. Additional details will be provided once you have made a reservation.

Turtle Nest Dig Information (Things You Need to Know)

Please read the following information before making your turtle nest dig reservation.

By checking the box below, you confirm that you have read and understand that:

  • You agree to abide by STC’s safety guidelines and leave if asked to by one of our staff or volunteers;
  • The Minimum Age is 10 years old;
  • Walks start at 7:45 AM;
  • You may need to walk up to 1 mile in soft sand;
  • If anyone in your home, or who you have had close contact with, has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please do not sign-up for the program; and
  • No refunds.

Nest Dig Date: Thursday, August 24, 2023.