What began as a bit of research to satisfy one Juno Beach resident’s curiosity about turtle hatchlings has since turned into one of the area’s largest and most well-known marine research and education centers.
More than three decades ago, Eleanor Fletcher’s proverbial digging led to the discovery that sea turtle hatchlings were facing dangers caused by human encroachment of the local beaches and shorelines. She began teaching children about conservation; eventually, the programs became so popular that the operation was moved to Loggerhead Park.
Today, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center boasts a 12,000 square foot facility with a research lab, exhibits, gift shop and even a state-of-the-art hospital and rehabilitation center for sick or injured sea turtles. For Juno Beach and Jupiter residents, it’s *the* place to see sea turtles!
Know Before You Go
Loggerhead Marinelife Center
14200 U.S. 1
Juno Beach, FL 33408
Admission: Free general admission to LMC, donations accepted; costs for special programs and tours vary
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Activities: There’s truly something for everyone — enjoy exhibits, laboratory learning, talks, stories, hikes, turtle walks and NEW standup paddleboard eco tours (beginning April 20).
Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Join fellow turtle lovers and nature enthusiasts for this (FREE) annual community event, highlighting conservation efforts and protection of endangered turtles. Bring the whole family for fun activities, including turtle encounters, presentations, games, live music, art, shopping and so much more.
For more information about TurtleFest, Loggerhead Marinelife Center or to make a donation, please visit www.marinelife.org