What is a Turtle Trek?
Following a presentation about sea turtles, their habitats, and threats they face, participants walk the beach with Sea Turtle Oversight Protection staff. During the walk, staff will explain how & why nests are protected, about their incubation cycle and what commonly happens to the hatchlings on a densely urbanized beach like Fort Lauderdale. We’ll discuss hatchling disorientation due to artificial lights, why this occurs and what S.T.O.P is doing to make a difference.
Please note, there is no promise or guarantee that you will see hatchings. Based on our 2023 permit conditions, the group is not allowed to visit or sit near nests that may hatch. Our goal is to educate and inspire you during your time with us and ensure a fulfilling experience. If you are fortunate enough to witness these amazing animals, it will be something that you will never forget.
100% of the Turtle Trek proceeds help us fund our rescue operations. Turtle Treks take place in the evenings in August & September.
Before the Trek
Before your Turtle Trek, we’ll meet up for an educational presentation at our Headquarters, where you’ll learn about the coastal habitat, the species of turtles that nest on our beaches, their life cycle and the natural and human-caused dangers that affect them. Following this presentation, you will accompany your Trek guide on the beach habitat to begin the Educational Walk.
During the Trek
During the Trek, we’ll continue sharing important facts about the coastal habitat, the importance of sea turtles to the ocean ecosystem and more about challenges these animals face the moment they emerge from their sandy nests. You’ll see the beach through the eyes of a newborn sea turtle.
The Turtle Trek participant agrees to assume liability of injury from any and all perceivable and unperceivable risks of injury and as to which by using his or her own best judgment for personal safety.
Expect the Unexpected! As with all wild animals, sea turtle movements and behaviors are unpredictable. They are on their own “turtle time”. Given this fact, there is no guarantee you will see sea turtles on our Treks.
Our goal is to educate and inspire you during your time with us and ensure a fulfilling experience. But if you are fortunate enough to witness these amazing animals, it will be something that you will never forget.
Due to the late hour and nature of the program, it is not recommended for children under 6 years of age.
Pricing is the same, regardless of the age of the participant. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Your registration fee is non-refundable, however should you be unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances, you may use your receipt as a tax-deductible contribution to the organization.
Sea Turtle Oversight Protection is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. As such, your receipt may be used as a tax-deductible contribution to our organization. 100% of your registration fee will help to fund our rescue efforts.
Turtle Treks are held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights beginning at 8:30 pm. Space is limited to 20 people, so book early!