In picturesque Juno Beach, Florida, Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) has protected Florida’s coastal ecosystems and provided ocean conservation education to children, families, and visitors for over 30 years. The non-profit facility offers free admission and educates over 300,000 visitors annually on their continued mission; to promote conservation of Florida’s coastal ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles.
The center is adjacent to one of the most densely nested loggerhead sea turtle beaches in the world, providing staff biologists with 9.5 miles of beach to monitor to further research on the precious and endangered sea turtle. LMC’s campus features an on-site, world-class sea turtle hospital, several aquariums buzzing with various marine life, hands-on exhibits, an interactive learning center and an outdoor Recovery Yard, hosting the center’s sea turtle patients that are viewable to the public.
To increase guest satisfaction, Loggerhead Marinelife Center added the Tortuga Café & Market to its beachside campus. Guests can enjoy summertime treats like ice cream, candy, snacks, various beverages and coffee. After visiting the sea turtles, school groups and families can explore the surrounding Loggerhead Park. The park includes restrooms, showers, pavilions, nature trails, a playground, free parking and guarded beach access.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center offers various choices of weekly educational programs, with most of them being free. All of these programs educate people about ocean conservation, encouraging them to pass this newfound knowledge on to friends and family. A popular summer program is the center’s Turtle Walks. Loggerhead sea turtles are the most common sea turtle in Florida and the species that guests can see during the walks. Turtle Walks are held Wednesday through Saturday evenings in June and July, which is the peak time of nesting season for loggerhead sea turtles to emerge from the ocean and lay their eggs. To register, please visit http://www.marinelife.org/turtlewalk.
The center provides the public with an opportunity to experience ocean conservation efforts in a way like never before. With interactive exhibits and educated staff and volunteers, every visitor will leave with a greater knowledge and appreciation about ocean conservation. Visitors will also be captivated by the unique and beautiful sea turtle memorabilia available for purchase in the LMC gift store.
Sea turtle nesting season runs from March 1 – October 31 on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Three species of sea turtles nest on local beaches – loggerhead, leatherback and green sea turtles. If you’re staying locally, you might happen to see one of these magnificent creatures during a late-night beach walk. For more information, visit http://www.marinelife.org and stay connected with them via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.