GET UP CLOSE TO GENTLE GIANTS
From June to September, Friends of the Carr Refuge invites the general public to the sands of Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge for a very memorable walk.
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.
Friends of Carr holds a special permit that enables our volunteers to take turtle walk attendees onto the beach for an up-close encounter. During the early months of the summer, we host Nighttime Turtle Walks. During these walks, attendees are able to observe nesting turtles as they lay their nests, drop their eggs and head back to the sea.
During our Daytime Dig Turtle Walks, attendees are able to look inside a turtle nest. 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 walks are held at the Barrier Island Center in Melbourne Beach, Florida.
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.