Barrier Island Center: Educational Programs

Current Events Flyer - September 2014

How to Help Sea Turtles While Visiting the Beach





Join us on a Guided Sea Turtle Walk!

During June and July the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) has a limited number of spaces for the public to join us on a guided turtle walk. Through this program, STC hopes that the experience of a guided sea turtle walk will help inspire future naturalists and sea turtle advocates. Florida's beaches, especially along the east central coast in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, provide nesting habitat for more nesting loggerhead turtles than any place in the Western Hemisphere and more endangered green turtles than any place in North America. In addition, endangered leatherback sea turtles nest in the Carr Refuge.

Walks are conducted by both STC and the US Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights in June and July. Space is limited to 22 people per night. Cost is $15 per person, paid in advance, to reserve a space.

Turtle walk reservations for 2015 will open May 1, 2015.

Be an Eco-Explorer!

Sea Turtle Conservancy in partnership with Brevard County's Environmentally Endangered Lands Program at the Barrier Island Center, located in the heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in south Melbourne Beach, Florida, is proud to announce the 6th annual Eco-Explorer's "Ocean Motion and Much More!" summer camps for children ages 9 to 15. One week aquatic adventure day camps are offered during the month of June.

Included with camp is a special, preferred reservation for campers, their family and friends to join Sea Turtle Conservancy on a guided sea turtle walk any Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday in June or July!

Each camper will receive a complimentary turtle walk. For each additional walker there is a $15 fee.

See the Eco-Explorers flyer for more camp details.

To enroll, print the Eco-Explorers enrollment kit , fill out forms, sign and fax to 321-952-3207 or visit the Barrier Island Center to pick-up an enrollment kit.

On Page 2, in the 3rd column, please be sure to number the camp weeks in order of preference. Also, please make sure to fill in the preferred turtle walk reservation date and number of walkers @ $15 each.

After faxing forms call 321-723-3556 to make payment by credit card or visit the Barrier Island Center to make payment by credit card or cash.

Camp enrollment and turtle walk reservations will be secured once payment is received.

Please do not delay as camps and turtle walks are limited and fill quickly!

Upon completion of enrollment, the "Itinerary and Survival List", "Mission, Safety & Behavior Management" and "Meet Your Eco-Guides " details for camp will be emailed or available at the Barrier Island Center.

Form more information or to be placed on a waiting list, please contact:
Donna Lee Crawford
Community Stewardship Coordinator
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Barrier Island Center
8385 S. Hwy A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Email: donnalee@conserveturtles.org
Phone: 321-723-3556