summer turtle programs
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Tuesday & Wednesday, July and August, 7-11pm
Welcome to the Turtle Treks of Terramar! This exciting, new eco-tour is a collaborative effort between Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and Sea Turtle Oversight Protection. Providing a unique angle of offering 'turtle walks' for Fort Lauderdale in observing real-time turtle hatching rescue that you, your friends, loved ones and family will not want to miss. We are privileged to share the coastline with an ancient, marine creature which has nested here for millions of years. Sea Turtle Oversight Protection employs a sense of honor and respect for the creatures we share our world with.
Guests will arrive at the Glen F. Bates Garden Center, located within the park, for an initial presentation on sea turtle conservation and how Hugh Taylor Birch State Park serves as a crucial haven to South Florida wildlife populations. A delightfully unique feature of this program will be in combining a nighttime hike through the park's Tropical Hardwood Hammock and Coastal Dune Lakes, two of the park's four defined ecosystems. During this walk, guides will expand the guests' knowledge on the quick ecological changes that occur despite subtle shifts in South Florida geology from wooded hammock to beachside. Guests will learn new or long-forgotten information about the natural, biological community that still lives on this important property. Finally, guests will greet a S.T.O.P. staff member at the beach and commence the turtle walk where hopefully you will be acquainted with the adorable baby sea turtles that we are blessed to share our coastline with. (Please note that witnessing baby hatchlings on this tour is not assured. Hatchlings that guests may see are always a natural birth of infant sea turtles.)
Register at http://seaturtleop.org/walk
For more info, contact Richard WhiteCloud at (954) 770-2344.
Fees: $25 per person. No children under 6 years of age.
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is located on East Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, off A1A.
Museum of Discovery and Science
401 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-713-0930
June 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30, 2015
July 1-2, 7-9, 2015
Tuesday-Thursday: 9pm to approximately 1am
$18 for member, $20 for non-members, reservations required.
The whole family can participate in an evening of discovery while uncovering the natural history and myths of sea turtles. Nature permitting, participants will have a chance to watch a 300 pound Loggerhead Sea Turtle venture out of the ocean to lay her eggs. A female Loggerhead Sea Turtle may travel thousands of miles to return to the original beach where she hatched, laying her own eggs as an adult. At 9pm, the evening begins with an informative hands-on session about sea turtles. The adventure continues to Fort Lauderdale beach where Museum expert guides will lead guests to the sea turtle's nesting grounds to look for these amazing creatures. They cannot guarantee a sea turtle will be spotted on every walk but when it does happen it is a natural wonder that no one will ever forget. Guests should be prepared to walk approximately one to two miles, and provide their own transportation and snacks. Advance reservations are required as space is limited.
Sea Turtle Awareness Program
John U. Lloyd Beach State Park
6503 N. Ocean Dr., Dania Beach, 954-923-2833, Group reservations call 954-924-3859.
Every Wednesday & Friday evenings in June and July, 9pm
Park Entrance Fee: single car occupant $4, two to eight in a car $6. No extra charge with park entrance fee.
Meet around a campfire at the Seagrape Pavilion and learn about the existence of sea turtles in the past, present and future. Participants will be greeted by a friendly Park Ranger and will be allowed to browse through an assortment of sea turtle displays. Informational brochures will also be available. Program includes a Ranger talk and a 20-minute presentation followed by a question and answer period. While the program is going on, a scout will set out in search of a nesting Loggerhead sea turtle. A beach walk may be conducted only in accordance with guidelines established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Park Service.
Sea Turtles and Their Babies
Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park
751 Sheridan St., Hollywood, 954-357-5161
Every Wednesday & Friday starting July through August
$7 per person, reservations required.
Following an hour-long slide presentation and lecture, participants can accompany a naturalist for a hatchling release to see what these tiny creatures face during their first crucial minutes of life. Participants will also learn how to identify each of the species of sea turtles found in South Florida, their habitat, breeding and nesting, identification of crawls and nests, conservation efforts, past exploitation and current management problems now facing sea turtles.