Nightime Turtle Walks
During the months of June and July, Friends of the Carr invites our donors, members and the general public to join us for an unforgettable evening on the sands of Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.
Our walks are held at 9pm on Wednesday's and Saturday's in June and July.
Guests are able to experience a nesting sea turtle lay her eggs, cover her nest, and return to the ocean. 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.
Each walk starts with a brief presentation while our scouts search for loggerhead nests. When a nesting loggerhead is found, the scouts will radio one of our guides that there is a mother turtle ready for you to view.
In most cases, the group will reach the turtle while she is dropping eggs into her nest. The guides are permitted to remove sand behind the turtle to expose the eggs and use a red flashlight to illuminate them. When the mother turtle drops her last egg, she will cover the nest with sand and camouflage the nest by moving more sand. Attendees are often able to watch this and the sea turtle’s return to the sea.
*Cancelled due to COVID-19
2020 Turtle Walk Schedule
Cancelled due to COVID-19
Unfortunately, Friends of the Carr Refuge made the difficult decision to cancel our popular June and July Turtle Walks for the year. We know how much these walks 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.
For every Turtle Walk, 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 Walk.