Daytime Dig Turtle Walks 

GET UP CLOSE TO GENTLE GIANTS 

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 Dig 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. 

2021 Turtle Dig Schedule

Turtle Digs will be on Wednesday mornings in August, and the first two Saturday Mornings in September. Each Dig will be from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., located at the Barrier Island Center

8385 S Hwy A1AMelbourne Beach, FL 32951.

 

To register for one of our Turtle Digs, please click on the date you would like to attend and it will link you to that dates registration form with more details. 

August

 

August 4th, 2021

August 11th, 2021

August 18th, 2021

August 25th, 2021

September

September 4th, 2021

September 11th, 2021

Please refer to our terms in the Liability Waiver before registration.

Please note: There are a maximum of 15 attendees per dig. If you are trying to reserve spaces for a group of people and can't save the correct number, it is likely due to the walk nearing its max capacity. If you run into this issue, please consider checking availability on a different date. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause

 Back for the 2021 Nesting Season!

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.  

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Cancellation Policy:
If you are unable to attend, please notify us in advance via email (info@carrrefuge.org) 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. 

 

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