Our Florida State Permit allows us to guide groups to observe nesting Loggerhead sea turtles. The Walk Team is comprised of many volunteers including Greeters, Presenters and Guides all trained and experienced in their respective roles. Special training, held in the spring, is required for our Guides.
There are no guarantees that you will see actual nesting, though – because it is all up to Mother Nature and the respective sea turtle to cooperate. However, the STPS Turtle Walk Team has a very good success rate because we live near the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, the site of the second largest Loggerhead nesting area in the world!
Teams provide Turtle Walks for the public several nights a week during May, June and July at three different locations in South Brevard County. Once you make your reservation:
- You arrive on the night of your walk, at your designated location, no later than 8:45 PM.
- Then, you are shown a presentation about sea turtles that nest in our area, the threats they encounter, and what you can do to help.
- Meanwhile, permitted scouts are looking for Loggerheads that are coming ashore to nest.
- If a scout spots one, the group is led to the location and allowed to observe while the turtle is laying her eggs.