Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge
America's 1st Sea Turtle Refuge
Between Wabasso in Indian River County and Melbourne Beach in Brevard, the Carr Refuge offers hope for saving one of the most important sea turtle nesting sites in the world. Established in 1989, the U.S.'s first sea turtle preserve was named after Dr. Archie Carr, Jr, whose work on understanding the importance of endangered sea turtles led to the refuge's creation.
Preservation and growth of the refuge is constantly threatened by development of the area. For information on the project and how to help go to the sea turtle
survival league at "About the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge." and the US Fish and Wildlife Service Archie Carr website. You also visit the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research
Offered in June and July only
9:00 pm – Midnight
Sea turtle watch programs begin with an educational program about Florida's sea turtles and sea turtle nesting on the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Following, participants are given the opportunity to view a Loggerhead sea turtle nesting on the beach. These educational programs are conducted under a state permit and should not be attempted without a state permitted guide.
What to expect:
Be able to walk up to a mile on the beach. Bring insect spray to repel mosquitoes. The entire program lasts an average of 3-hours, therefore, you may want to bring a bottle of water. Because of the late program time and the potentially long walk on the beach, this program is not recommended for children under age 7, elderly or disabled. Flashlights, filming and photography with any technological devices are not permitted.
There are two different locations within the Archie Carr Refuge in which to participate in a sea turtle watch program.
Barrier Island Management and Ecosystem Center:
All turtle walks at the BIC will be booked online only at seaturtlewalks.org. The cost has been raised to $15 per person, and the minimum age is 7 years old. Reservations will start on May 1. Walk guidelines for participants and driving directions will be emailed to participants when they register and pay online.
Sebastian Inlet State Park, Fishing Museum:
Reservations are required by calling the State Park at (772) 388-2750 from 10am to 4pm starting on May 15 (for June programs) and June 15 (for July programs). Programs are free, conducted by State Park Rangers, and are conducted Friday through Wednesday nights each week in June and July.