Sebastian Inlet State Park is excited to announce our 2020 ranger guided Public Sea Turtle Watch Program. These educational turtle watches offer the public the possibility to witness a loggerhead sea turtle lay her eggs, cover and disguise her nest, crawl down the beach and swim away into the Atlantic Ocean. Turtle Watch Programs are available four nights a week, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, during the month of July. The program starts at 9 PM and may last until 1 AM. Participants may walk up to three miles in soft sand.
The turtle walks at Sebastian Inlet State Park are a memorable experience that allow our guests to learn about, observe and hopefully see the nesting and egg-laying process of a loggerhead sea turtle.
This year, walks are conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights between July 1 and July 31.
Space is limited to 8 people per night. Reservations are required.
Cost is a $10.00 donation per person, paid in advance, to reserve your space.
You are responsible for your own transportation to the Sebastian Fishing Museum. Additional details will be provided once you have made a reservation.
Sebastian Inlet Sea Turtle Watch Program 2020 Guidelines (Things You Need to Know Before Reserving a Space)
Please read the following information before making your turtle walk reservation. By checking the box below, you confirm that you have read and understand that:
- Participants must wear a mask during the entire program. This includes inside the museum and on the beach during the turtle watch. Masks will not be provided by the park;
- Age limit over 7;
- Participants will be required to attend an interpretive program on marine turtle biology and conservations issues located at the Fishing Museum;
- Group must stay together and practice social distancing during the entire watch;
- Participants must be able to walk up to 3 miles on the beach;
- Participants must provide their own transportation to the beach from the Fishing Museum;
- Flash photography is prohibited / participants with infrared cameras may film or photograph the egg deposition or the turtle retuning to the water;
- Touching marine turtles and handling marine turtle eggs is prohibited;
- Participants may not use flashlights;
- Participants may not walk on the turtle’s crawl;
- Only one nesting loggerhead turtle will be observed. If a turtle is not found by the scouts by 11pm the program is over;
- It will be dark, there can be mosquitoes, sand fleas, and no-see-ums. Insect repellant is recommended;
- Reservations may not be able to be changed; and
- No refunds
The turtle walk educational programs are conducted under a state permit and should not be attempted without a state permitted guide.
Sebastian Inlet State Park Sea Turtle Walk Statistics:
2020 is the41sst year of turtle walks at Sebastian Inlet State Park.
- 2019, on 89% of the turtle walks we saw a loggerhead turtle
- 2018, on 84% of the turtle walks we saw a loggerhead turtle.
- 2017, on 86% of the turtle walks we saw a loggerhead turtle.
- 2016, on 95% of the turtle walks we saw a loggerhead turtle.
- 2014 & 2015: 79% of the turtle walks saw a loggerhead turtle.