Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is one of Florida’s most unique non-profit cultural destinations focused on ocean and sea turtle conservation.
Our vision is, “to be recognized locally and internationally as the leading authority in sea turtle education, research, and rehabilitation.”
Click here to learn more about the programs we are deploying and what you can do to help.
Juno, Jupiter-Carlin & Tequesta Beaches
Leatherbacks: 160 Nests
Loggerheads: 15,219 Nests
Green Turtles: 650 Nests
Each year the LMC hospital team and volunteers treat nearly 100 sea turtles and 1,000 hatchlings at our ocean-side facility.
The Hatchling Release program at Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a unique experience that allows our visitors to learn about sea turtles and the nesting and hatching process. The program begins with an exclusive, behind-the-gate tour to meet our current sea turtle patients, followed by a presentation and ends with a trip to the beach to see LMC staff release sea turtle hatchlings into the ocean.
Hatchling Releases are $17 per person or $12 per person for our LMC members. Walk-ins are a flat rate of $20, and a spot is not guaranteed. All individuals, including children, are required to pre-register online to reserve their spot. Children must be 8 years or older to attend a hatchling release and all participants must be able to walk up to half a mile.
The private tour and hatchling release are weather permitting. We run our program rain or shine and only stay off the beach in the event of lightning. During this waiting period, guests will be onsite enjoying their presentation. We do not cancel the program due to inclement weather. If the forecast calls for rain, we recommend guests wear raincoats or ponchos. No umbrellas please. We can only accommodate 30 people per night and dates fill up quickly. There are no refunds on tickets.
Stop by our exhibit hall and take a trip through Florida’s Coastal Ecosystems. Watch the unique and interesting creatures that inhabit our aquariums. Learn about different feeding behaviors and food choices as our fish, corals, anemones and much more chow down.
This program is FREE and all guests are welcome to attend.
The Biologist Beach Walk program is a unique opportunity for Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) educators to give the public insight into LMC’s research department. With permission from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a permitted staff member will lead guests down onto Juno or Tequesta beaches to discuss the nesting and hatching processes of sea turtles. After an introduction to these processes, guests may have the opportunity to witness a live excavation and create their own data sheets (optional) to take home as a memento.
The Biologist beach Walk program is $12 per person and $10 for LMC members. Walk-ins are a flat rate of $15, and a spot is not guaranteed. All individuals, including children, are required to pre-register online to reserve their spot. Children must be 8 years or older to attend the program and all participants must be able to walk up to half a mile in soft sand. Handicap assistance is not available for this program.
We can only accommodate 15 people per program and dates fill up quickly. There is no guarantee that a nest will be available for excavation and there is no guarantee that guests will be able to observe hatchlings in their natural environment. All scheduled Biologist Beach Walks have the same odds of the group experiencing a nest excavation with live hatchlings. There are no refunds on tickets if a nest is not excavated or hatchlings are not seen.
Public guided tours are offered every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you’ve ever wondered about the fish in our tanks or the turtle patients in our yard, this is the tour for you. Lasting an hour, these tours are led by educational docents who will answer all your burning questions. Sign-in at the Guest Services desk in the main lobby.
• Tours are $7 per adult / $5 per child under 12
(Children under 3 are Free!)
• No pre-registration is required
• Limited to 20 guests due to space constraints
• One hour in length
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