2018 Guided Turtle Walks
Evenings in June and July
Online registration for the 2018 season begins on May 1st at 10 a.m.
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. With the approval of State issued permits, experienced Loggerhead Marinelife Center scouts will patrol our designated section of Juno Beach searching for sea turtles while visitors enjoy an informative presentation on the plight of sea turtles and an after-hours experience to view our current patients in our outdoor Sea Turtle Hospital. 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.
Turtle Walks are $18 per person or $15 per person for our LMC members. Walk-ins are a 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 the walks and all participants must be able to walk up to half a mile.
Due to our State issued permit requirements, we can only accommodate 30 people per night and dates fill up quickly. There is no relationship between sea turtle nesting activity and the phase of the moon, the weather, or the tides. All scheduled Turtle Walk nights have the same odds of the group seeing a sea turtle nesting. There are no refunds on tickets if a sea turtle is not spotted.
Doors open around 8:40pm and close at 9pm.
Please allow enough time to park and check in at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center Guest Services Desk by 8:50pm. Even if you have paid and hold a confirmation, your space may be given to another attendee if you are not checked in by 9:00pm. Please be on time for your program as you will not be able to join the walk after doors close at 9pm.
2018 Turtle Walk Schedule – Registration begins May 1
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Is there any other experience I can participate in before my turtle walk starts? We now are offering pre-turtle walk Evening Guided Tours! Register on our calendar>>>
Can I bring my children? Yes, children 8 years of age or older are permitted on our Turtle Walk program. If your child is under the age of 8 and you are looking for an exciting and educational sea turtle experience, you can discover our camp program options here >>
What if it’s raining? 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.
What happens if I don’t see a sea turtle? Unfortunately, sea turtles do not carry iPhones to remind them of our turtle walks so we cannot guarantee that one will come up the evening of your scheduled program.
What are my chances to see a turtle? There is absolutely no way to predict the successful nesting of a sea turtle on the night of your scheduled walk. Sea turtles never RSVP and we have no way of knowing what the likelihood of seeing a sea turtle will be from night to night. Juno beach, however, is the densest nesting site for loggerhead sea turtles in the entire United States so our chances are very good that we will have this great experience.
How does the program work? Nesting is highest for loggerhead sea turtles in June and July. During these months, we offer turtle walks to the public Tuesday to Saturday under a required permit issued by the state of Florida. Once registered for an evening, visitors come to the center and receive a presentation, at which time our scouts are on the beach observing nesting behavior. If the scouts spot a loggerhead sea turtle in her nesting process, they will radio to bring the group down to watch.
How long is the program? There’s no way to know the exact duration of the program from night to night, although the program is officially scheduled from 9pm – 12am. The length of the program depends entirely on when and if we spot a sea turtle. If we do spot one, it could be at any point in the evening. If no turtle has been spotted by midnight, the program concludes.
Can I bring a flashlight? Flashlights of any kind are not permitted, as artificial lighting poses a negative impact to nesting sea turtles and emerging hatchlings. Under certain permitted conditions by the State (FWC), specialized forms of lighting to be used by biologists on the beach at night, however, no lights of any color are permitted by guests on the Turtle Walk program.
Can I take pictures? Sea turtles are negatively impacted by certain types of lighting. As such, our State-issued permits do not allow the use of flash photography or any photography (cell phones or digital cameras) that utilize a lighted LCD screen.
What if all the dates or the one I wanted are sold out? If the date you wanted is booked and you want to take a chance, come to Loggerhead Marinelife Center at 8:30pm and wait to see if other ticket holders do not show. Your best chance is to be the first name to check in so you can be the first name on the waiting list. Walk-ins are a flat rate of $20 per person and we CANNOT guarantee your entire party will be able to be accommodated.