November 20, 2017

6 Ways to Get Up Close with Sea Turtles

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Cayman Turtle Farm

I took my son out for a walk this morning and we stumbled upon a box turtle crossing the path in front of us. My son pointed and squealed. Kids love turtles, so I started to think about great places families can go to visit and learn about turtles. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • See Turtles, a non-profit ecotourism project, organizes multiple sea turtle conservation trips ever year. Among the expeditions are a Family Turtle Adventure in Costa Rica where you’ll work with leatherback sea turtles and visit a rainforest reserve, as well as an El Salvador Sea Turtle Adventure to study green sea turtles with local biologists and even take part in a family volcano hike.
  • In Hawaii, you can snorkel with green sea turtles and numerous tropical fish. The summer months are the best time to snorkel in the turtle reef when the beaches are calm. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to learn about sea turtles from marine biologists as well as hear about local conservation efforts
  • At the Georgia Sea Turtle Center in Jekyll Island, your kids can explore exhibits on sea turtle conservation and rehabilitation at this hospital for injured and ill sea turtles. During the summer, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center holds nightly Turtle Walks and Nest Walks to educate families on the journey of loggerhead sea turtles nesting along the Georgia Coast.
  • Go on a Guided Sea Turtle Watch with the Sea Turtle Conservancy in June and July at the Barrier Island Center in North Florida. According to the Center, Florida’s beaches provide nesting habitat for more loggerhead turtles than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere and more endangered green turtles than any place in North America.
  • Stop by Sea Turtle, Inc. in South Padre Island, Texas for daily 30-minute Turtle Talks to learn about the species of turtles found in the area. You and your kids will also be able to meet current residents at Sea Turtle, Inc., including Charlie, the Atlantic green turtle, and Lizzie, the Hawksbill turtle.
  • In the Caribbean, the Cayman Turtle Farm in the Cayman Islands offers incredible encounters with majestic turtles. You and your kids can even jump in and swim with green sea turtles in the Turtle Lagoon. Tour a breeding pond, check out the turtle tanks and stop in the education center to learn more about these sea creatures.

Have you engaged in any sea turtle conservation programs or have you taken your kids to any of the above places for learning more about turtles? I’d love to hear about your up close and personal experiences with sea turtles.

Comments

  1. Mercedes says:

    This is something I would love to do with my kids. I have been able to observe them hatching back home in Honduras and also in the Cayman Islands.
    One of the big city sea aquariums may also be a good place to start.

    Mercedes

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