Sea turtle nesting season in Broward County typically runs through September 30. Sea turtles make their way to our shores to lay their eggs in the sand. The process takes several hours for the turtle, and once she buries the eggs, she leaves and does not return. The eggs incubate for about two months, and then the hatchlings make their way out of the nest.
The Anne Kolb Nature Center’s annual Sea Turtles and Their Babies program includes a presentation and lecture, followed by a release of hatchling (pending availability, which is not guaranteed). The program is offered on Wednesday and Friday at 8 p.m., July 3 through August 30, 2019.
Admission is $10/person for all ages. Each session is limited to 50 people, and preregistration and prepayment are required by reserving online. To register go to http://webtrac.broward.org and click on the picture of the sea turtle under “seasonal” and then click on the picture of the sea turtle again under “Sea Turtles and Their Babies Program.” You must create an account if you do not already have one to purchase tickets. If you would like to register for more than six participants, please call 954-357-5161 Ext 0.
If you can’t make it to the program, visit the Marine Environmental Education Center (MEEC) at Carpenter House in Hollywood. The marine center represents a collaboration between Broward County Parks and Recreation Division, which manages the park, and Nova Southeastern University, which manages the MEEC through its Halmos College of Nature Sciences and Oceanography.
The mission of the MEEC is to provide outstanding marine education, interactive learning, and research with a focus on endangered sea turtles. The center is open on Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and specialized program are offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is free, although a $3/person donation for ages 3 and up is suggested.