Turtle Walk & Hatchling Release Programs

2024 Turtle Walks

During this program, participants will learn about the life cycle, behaviors, and threats to the three species of protected sea turtles that nest in South Florida during a presentation in Gumbo Limbo’s classroom.  Our conservation team will be on the beach scouting for a nesting loggerhead sea turtle.  When one is spotted, we will head to the beach to observe this fascinating and ancient process of nesting together (seeing a sea turtle is not guaranteed since nesting is unpredictable).  No refunds if a turtle is not seen.

Dates & Time

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights, May 28- July 3
  • 8:45 pm-12:00 am (or after a nesting turtle is seen, whichever happens first)

Ages

  • Ages 8 and up; children under 18 must attend with an adult.   

Cost

  • Resident: $15 each
  • Non-resident: $20 each 

Reservations

  • Due to popularity of this programs, there is a limit of 6 reservations per household
  • Online reservations are required through WebTrac.
  • If you do not have a WebTrac account, please follow these instructions.  
    • We strongly suggest you create your account in advance of reservations sales.

Online Reservations Begin

  • Resident: Tuesday, April 16, 9:00 am
  • Non-resident: Tuesday, April 23, 9:00 am

2024 Hatchling Releases


Join our Sea Turtle Conservation staff as we release rescued hatchlings back to the ocean under the cover of darkness. This hour-long program begins with a presentation in the classroom where participants learn about the life cycles, behaviors, and threats to the sea turtles that nest in South Florida. Then we drive to the beach, where staff place the hatchlings on the wet sand by the water, and we watch as the tiny turtles make their way down to the waves and head off into the surf.

Dates & Times

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Evenings
  • July 15 - August 8 from 8:00 pm- 9:30 pm
  • August 12 - August 29 from 7:30 pm- 9:00 pm

Ages

  • All ages: children under 18 must attend with an adult

Cost

  • Resident: $10 each
  • Non-resident: $15 each
  • A paid reservation is required for anyone over 12 months of age.

Reservations

  • Due to popularity of this programs, there is a limit of 6 reservations per household
  • Online reservations are required through WebTrac.
  • If you do not have a WebTrac account, please follow these instructions.  
    • We strongly suggest you create your account in advance of reservations sales.

Online Reservations Begin

  • Resident: Tuesday, May 7 at 9:00 am
  • Non-resident: Tuesday, May 14 at 9:00 am

Sea turtle hatchlings in the sand


A Resident is someone who lives within the boundaries of the City of Boca Raton or the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District.