Daytime Dig Turtle Walks 


Friends of the Carr invite you to join us for a memorable stroll on the sands of Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. 


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 green turtles than any place in North America.

During August through September, Friends of Carr volunteers take turtle walk attendees onto the beach to view hatched sea turtle nests. 

Sometimes, hatchling washbacks occur (a washback is when a hatchling didn't successfully make it's voyage to the ocean) and this allows Friends of Carr the opportunity to share a hatchling release with our Daytime Dig Turtle Walk attendees. This experience isn't guaranteed on every walk, it just depends on timing and mother nature. 

Turtle walk attendees meet at the Barrier Island Center and then head out to the beach together as a group. There is plenty of parking. 

It's advised to bring water and sunscreen and wear comfortable, casual attire. 

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Barrier Island Center
8385 S Hwy A1A
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

2020 Turtle Dig Schedule

Cancelled due to COVID-19

Unfortunately, Friends of the Carr Refuge made the difficult decision to cancel our popular August and September Turtle Digs for the year. We know how much these digs mean to all of our Friends, however we want to keep our amazing volunteers and community safe during these times.

Friends of the Carr Refuge is a small non-profit organization that relies heavily on memberships and donations to assist the Refuge and accomplish our goals of community education and conservation. Our main fundraising event each year is our popular Turtle Walks and Digs. Unfortunately the cancellation of these events leaves a major impact on our funds to carry out our goals. We understand that this is a challenging time for everyone, however if you can, please consider making a donation using this link. 

*Cancelled due to COVID-19

Special Recognition 

Without the generous support from our volunteers, the Barrier Island Sanctuary and the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program, our turtles walks would not be possible.  

For every Turtle Dig, each registrant must have a liability waiver.  Click here to print the liability waiver.  Please fill this out and bring with you on the day of your Turtle Dig.

Cancellation Policy:
Event registration fees are considered tax-deductible donations and as such, refunds will not be issued in the case of registrant cancellation. If you are unable to attend, please notify us in advance via email ( so we can offer your spot(s) to other supporters.

Date Change Policy: 
As a courtesy, Friends of Carr will accommodate date change requests if openings are available for another walk.  You must notify us at least ten days prior to your scheduled walk. 


If Friends of Carr must cancel a scheduled walk due to unforeseen circumstances or inclimate weather, refunds will be provided upon request.


4055 Wildlife Way
Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446

(Business office, not visitor's center) 

Phone: 321-872-8856


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