Visit the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center
You don’t need to be traveling to the beach to visit the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. The Center is open all year long! You will love this educational experience no matter if you call the Gulf Coast your home for a week during summer or year-round. The Center’s mission is focused on conservation, education, and research. Conservation and education work hand in hand to provide a better environment for sea turtles. Their research seeks long-term solutions and methods to conserve and manage our natural resources. Sea turtle season goes until October 31st so, this is the perfect time to visit.
What To Do at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center
Visitors will discover other types of marine life as well as sea turtles. Take part in interactive exhibits that are fun and educational. You will find a jellyfish aquarium, seahorse habitat, and an artificial reef aquarium. Visitors of all ages will understand the importance of saving our reefs and also learn how artificial reefs benefit the underwater ecosystem. Your kids will also love channeling their inner marine paleontologist when interacting with the Shark Tooth Treasure Hunt. It is your chance to sift out real fossilized shark teeth that are estimated to be 55-65 million years old. The fossils are real and yours to keep! Click here to start planning your trip to the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conversation Center.
Sweet Pea the Sea Turtle
Also, make sure to stop by and see Sweet Pea before you leave. She is a non-releasable green sea turtle at the Center. Sweet Pea was rescued from a fishing line in 2016 from Ono Island in Orange Beach, Alabama. The Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island was her home during the first year and a half of her rehabilitation. Now she resides in the Conversation Center. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission deemed her non-releasable because she is unable to swim through currents or strong water flows. She is now happy as can be in her 15,000-gallon saltwater pool.