Sea Turtle Nesting Walks in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The natural phenomenon of marine turtle nesting has once again arrived on Greater Fort Lauderdale's 23 miles of moonlit Blue Wave beaches. Each year almost 2,000 turtle nests are deposited along the beach, resulting in as many as 150,000 hatchlings making their way to the ocean. The turtle nesting programs as well as other natural wonders in Greater Fort Lauderdale offer all travelers the opportunity to get reacquainted with nature.

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Endangered Leatherback and Green and the threatened Loggerhead sea turtles gather during the summer nights to lay their eggs on the areas beaches between the months of March and October. The beachfront communities and residents are required to dim their lights during this time in order to ensure the safety of the turtles and protection of the environment where the hatchlings will emerge.

This also means you can enjoy guided nighttime "Turtle Walks" and educational experiences at various locations throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale in June, July, and August including:

Moonlight, Sea Turtles and You! at the Museum of Discovery and Science

The whole family can participate in an evening of discovery while uncovering the natural history and myths of sea turtles at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale. During the months of June and July, the museum hosts Moonlight, Sea Turtles and You!, a program providing participants the chance to watch a 400-pound Loggerhead sea turtle venture out of the ocean to lay her eggs, nature permitting. Museum Of Discovery.

Sea Turtle Awareness at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park

Visitors can join a park ranger on a search for sea turtles at JohnU.Lloyd Beach State Park during its Sea Turtle Awareness program. Taking place every Wednesday and Friday evening at 9p.m. during the months of June and July, the group will meet for an educational experience around the campfire at the Seagrape pavilion and learn about the existence of sea turtles in the past, present and future. Park rangers will then lead turtle walks in search of nesting Loggerhead sea turtles. Walks last between one and three hours, and are included in the price of park admission: $3 for a single car occupant and $5 for two to eight people. For more information and reservations call 954-923-2833 or visit Lloyd Beach

Sea Turtles and Their Babies at Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park in Hollywood

The Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park in Hollywood offers the Sea Turtles and Their Babies summer program. Following an hour-long slide presentation and lecture, participants can accompany a naturalist for a hatchling release to see what these tiny creatures face during their first crucial minutes of life. Participants will also learn how to identify each of the species of sea turtles found in South Florida, their habitat, breeding and nesting, identification of crawls and nests, conservation efforts, past exploitation and current management problems now facing sea turtles. Participation is $7 per person with pre-registration, as space is limited. For more information visit Anne Kolb Nature Center.

Other Nature Experiences

Visitors of all ages looking to get up close-and-personal and into the wild can glide on airboats through acres of the untamed Florida Everglades at the Sawgrass Recreation Park, which offers 30-minute airboat tours that can go as fast as 35 mph.

Butterfly World and Flamingo Gardens offer nature lovers experiences on the softer side. Butterfly World allows visitors the freedom to walk among thousands of exotic butterflies and free flying birds in the Tropical Rain Forest Aviary while strolling along the banks of the lake and taking in the blooming botanical gardens. Flamingo Gardens, offers daily live wildlife encounter shows, and guided tours of the historic 1930s Wray Home year-round.
Based on information provided by Greater Fort Lauderdale Tourism

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Updated: January , 2017

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