Sea Turtle Walks: Florida Summer Nights
Growing up in Florida, hanging out on the beach at night is a favorite childhood memory: sunset picnics, night swimming and stargazing. We'd take long walks scouting giant sea turtle tracks crossing the sand. Sometimes we'd spot them just in time. Watching a sea turtle come ashore to lay her eggs is an epic adventure for a young outdoor explorer.
It's awesome to pass down these experiences to my own kids and we're fortunate to live near a major Sea Turtle nesting site. The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is home to more Loggerhead turtle nests than anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. It's home to more endangered Green Turtle nests than any place in North America. And our local refuge even attracts the enormous 500 to 1000 pound endangered Leatherback!
Eco tourism in Florida has gained much popularity in recent years and this year, our local group, the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, completely sold out it's guided "Turtle Walks" at three different locations for the entire nesting season! There are many organizations in Florida hosting similar events. For a small fee, guests watch an information video presentation and take a walk with an experienced volunteer to (hopefully) witness a real live Sea Turtle laying her eggs. It's probably the coolest thing your kids will do all summer. See the links to reserve space on the expedition!