Visitor Experiences

Winter Programming (October – May)

Astronomy nights

Dates/Times

Friday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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Astronomy Nights


Our Astronomy Nights program is offered once a month based on the activity of the night sky. Aside from learning about the stars and planets, this program also touches on light pollution and sky glow, encouraging guests to increase their awareness of their impact on the environment. The night will begin with a seminar led by the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches, featuring highlights of the current night sky and end with a peer through powerful telescopes and binoculars to get a closer look.

Cost: $10 adults, $5 children  |  Ages: Geared towards 8+


coastal explorers

Dates/Times

September 26-27 & October 3-4

Coastal Explorers


Have an aspiring scientist on your hands? Apply for our FREE* Coastal Explorers program where they will receive hands-on experience in the marine sciences. Upon the completion of this two-part series Coastal Explorers workshop, participants will receive a Coastal Explorer Certification from Loggerhead Marinelife Center. *Scholarship application required.      


Cost: FREE - Apply at www.marinelife.org/explorer  |  Ages: Geared towards 11-13

Eco tours

Dates/Times

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The Eco Tour programs are designed to educate participants on the beauty of Florida’s coastal ecosystems on a naturalist-led tour outdoors. The Eco Tour programs may include:


Hammock Hikes

Hamock Hike
Led by an experienced naturalist, our hammock hikes are an excursion through some of Florida’s most precious habitat.  Navigating through the rare coastal hammock and natural dune systems, you will learn the birds in the trees all the way to the grains of sand on the beach. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Guest Services desk in the main lobby.

Cost
: $5, under 3 is free  |  Ages: Geared towards 12+


Living beaches

Living Beaches
Join Loggerhead Marinelife Center staff and discover just how alive our beaches are with an interactive presentation and backyard beach expedition. Over this hour-long course, we will discuss the common residents of Florida’s coastal ecosystems and discover how these curious creatures make their long journey from the ocean to our beautiful beaches.

Cost
: $5, under 3 is free  |  Ages: Geared towards 12+

Eco tours provide guests with a hands-on learning experience, creating a lasting impression, connecting them with their environment and emphasizing the importance of protecting it.


Hatchling Tales

Dates/Times:

Every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m.

Hatchling Tales
Our Hatchling Tales program is geared towards toddlers with a natural curiosity for marine life and sea turtles. In this free, ocean-inspired program, children will enjoy an ocean-themed story coupled with a themed craft to create and take home. This program is designed to cater to young families in the community by offering a new story and craft each session, encouraging frequent visits and support.

Cost: Free  |  Ages: Geared towards 0-5


Mommy & Me Paint!

Dates/Times

Every Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m.

Mommy & Me Paint!
The Mommy & Me Paint! program is offered each Thursday morning during the winter season at 10:30am and designed to allow introduce basic sea turtle conservation and biology to young children. The program begins with a brief ocean-themed story and includes a hands-on biofact lesson following a painting activity. Participants have an opportunity to take home their painted turtles and their new sea turtle knowledge.

Cost
: $8 Painter; $12 for two painters  |  Ages: Geared towards 3+


Science for seniors

Dates/Times

Every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.
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Science For Seniors
The Science for Seniors lecture series is a four-part program that cycles throughout the winter season on each Tuesday at 2pm. Covering topics such as senior health, fitness, and intellectual stimulation, the program is designed to encourage health and fitness in the Golden Years. Dr. Paul Brown, M.D is the host of this popular free seminar. Each session covers a Reptile of the Week and concludes with a coupon to enjoy the LMC gift store.

Paul A. Brown M.D is a Harvard/Tufts educated Pathologist who trained at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and then changed the field of laboratory medicine by starting MetPath, now known as Quest Diagnostics.  Dr. Brown has had a life-long interest in reptiles and has been a volunteer here at Loggerhead Marine Life Center for more than four years.

Cost
: Free  |  Ages: Geared towards 65+


Summer Programing (June – September)

Fish I.D. Program

Dates/Times

Every other Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
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Fish ID Program


Would you like to learn more about the fish you encounter off the coast of Florida? Join us for a fish ID presentation at Loggerhead Marinelife Center where you will learn about the morphology and behavior of common south Florida reef fish to help you identify these species out in their natural habitat! If you plan on snorkeling in the local area, this is a great course to prepare you to start fish ID in the wild.

Pre-registration is required.  To book a spot or for more information, please contact Hannah Campbell at 561-627-8280 ext. 105 or hcampbell@marinelife.org.

Cost: $5 per person  |  Ages: Geared towards 12+


hatchling releases

Dates/Times

Every Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
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Hatchling Release


The Hatchling Release program enables guests to witness newly hatched sea turtles take their first crawl back to sea. During the program, guests will enjoy an evening tour of our Turtle Yard to see current hatchlings undergoing rehabilitation, learn about hatchling strengths and challenges, and join LMC permitted staff members in releasing the most recent sea turtles to be excavated by our trained and permitted research staff back to sea.

Cost: $17 non-members, $12 members  |  Ages: 8+


Turtle Walks

Online registration for the 2016 season begins on May 1st at 10:00am.

Turtle Walks
A Turtle Walk is a unique program that allows our visitors to learn about, and observe, the nesting and egg-laying process of sea turtles.  Visitors will enjoy an informative presentation on the plight of sea turtles, and take an exclusive, behind-the-gate tour to meet our patients.  Once a loggerhead sea turtle is found and begins her egg-laying process, the group is then led down to the beach to witness this unforgettable experience.

Cost: $17 non-members, $12 members  |  Ages: 8+

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Junior Marine Biologist Summer Camp

Dates/Times

Monday - Friday - 8:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
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JMB Summer Camp


Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s summer camp programs are interactive, educational and stimulating. Each camp is geared towards children ages 6* through 17. Students participating in the Jr. Marine Biologist summer camp program will gain an understanding of various nature-related topics such as (but not limited to) ecology and marine biology, with an emphasis on conservation. Camp hours are Monday - Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Late pick-up (5:00 p.m.) is available for an additional fee.

Cost: Beginning at $180/week  |  Ages: *Must have completed Kindergarten


Year-round programming

Boy Scout Program

Boy Scouts


Our Boy Scout program caters to both Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts on varied merit levels. During this 1 ½ hour program, scouts will learn about the biology of sea turtles, the challenges they face, and current conservation efforts as well as have a first-hand look at our current patients. The Boy Scout programs are as follows:
•    Reptile & Amphibian Patch (Merit Scouts)
•    Wildlife Conservation Beltloop (Cub Scouts)


Cost: $8/Scout; 10 scout minimum  |  Ages: All


dr. logger show

Dr. Logger


The Dr. Logger Show is an interactive presentation for children that focuses on the efforts of our rehabilitation team. The program is offered every Sunday afternoon in our Learning Center. Children perform surgery, draw blood, and remove plastic from Bob the sea turtle who has had a rough time out at sea!

Cost: Free  |  Ages: Geared towards 0-12

 

Fish Feeding

Fish Feeding


Fish feedings occur every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the year. Guests are led on a virtual journey down the Loxahatchee River system, exploring four vital coastal ecosystems along the way. This program encompasses species identification and and introduction of Florida’s coastal ecology.

Cost: Free  |  Ages: All

 

Girl Scout Program

Girl Scouts


Our Girl Scout program caters to Girl Scouts on varied merit badge levels. During this 1 ½ hour program, scouts will learn about the biology of sea turtles, the challenges they face, and current conservation efforts as well as have a first-hand look at our current patients. The Girl Scout programs are as follows:

•    Girl Scouts Love Sea Turtles (GSSEF)


Cost: $8/Scout; 10 scout minimum  |  Ages: All


Guided tours

Our Guided Tour program is designed to offer guests a more comprehensive experience on campus. During this 1 hour program, an education docent leads registered guests through the Exhibit Hall and Turtle Yard, touching on topics such as conservation efforts, LMC history, and the current conditions of our patients. Guided tour programs include:


Public Guided Tours

Dates/Times

Every Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
Every Monday at 2:00 p.m.

Guided Tour
If you've ever wondered about the fish in our tanks or the sea turtle patients in our yard, this is the tour for you! Lasting one hour, an education docent will take you through our exhibit hall and turtle yard and answer all your burning questions.
Registration takes place in the gift shop on the day of the tour.

•    Tours are $7/adult, $5/child under 12, free for children under 3
•    No pre-registration is required
•    Limited to 20 guests

Private Guided Tours

Guided Tour
There is no better way to experience the Loggerhead Marinelife Center than through a private guided tour. Enjoy being escorted through campus by one of our talented guides, going behind the gates of our rehabilitation area to get up close and personal with our sea turtle patients. The guides will discuss sea turtle behavior, morphology, habitats, and conservation as well as answer any questions you might have.

•    Tours are $10/ person with a minimum of 5 people (or $50 for groups smaller than 5)
•    Tour length is one hour
•    Tours are by advance reservation only

To make a reservation or for more information, please contact the programs coordinator at 561-627-8280 ext. 105, or hcampbell@marinelife.org
.


PRIVATE Evening Guided Tours

Dates/Times

Booked based on availability by advance reservation.

Evening Tour
Evening private tours are now being offered at LMC! Our newest program offers guests the ultimate experience during an after-hours tour, led by an experienced guide. Light bites and refreshments will be provided as participants are led through our exhibit hall to learn about the different sea turtle species, LMC and our conservation efforts, and a variety of aquaria found in our local marine ecosystems. For the second part of the tour, guests will be brought beyond the gates of our turtle yard for a "meet and greet" with our sea turtle patients.

•    Tours are $20/adult, $12/child under 12, free for children under 3 ($100 minimum)
•    Limited to 20 guests
•    Tour length is one hour

To make a reservation or for more information, please contact the programs coordinator at 561-627-8280 ext. 105, or hcampbell@marinelife.org
.


Jr. Veterinary Learning Lab

Dates/Times

Every Wednesday and Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
Every Saturday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Jr. Vet Lab


The Children’s Research Station presented by the Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Foundation exercises science skills in children through an experiential lab. Junior Veterinary Lab accommodates up to 10 children in a 30 minute program, taking participants from sea turtle rescue to release. The children come to the aid of a green sea turtle replica and Dr. Logger teaches the group about common injuries and illnesses that affect these endangered animals.



No pre-registration is required, guests are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early to get on the sign-up sheet as space is limited.

Cost: Free  |  Ages: Geared towards 5+

 

 
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