Sea Turtle Scientist

We’ll choose dates for Sea Turtle Scientist for 2022 in August! Please check back then!

Sea Turtle Science for the youth of St. Croix!

About the Sea Turtle Scientist program – Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge presents their newest free education program Sea Turtle Scientist, for the residents of St. Croix. This program will educate St. Croix youth on the sea turtles currently nesting on our beaches, green and hawksbill turtles! After learning about their biology, nesting, and conservation, participants will be able to observe nesting sea turtle tracks and see how we calculate hatching success through excavation of a hatched nest! This program is sure to excite and inspire!

NOTICE: The 2021 Sea Turtle Scientist program at Sandy Point will run from 14 October to 12 November.

APPLY HERE for the Sea Turtle Scientist program. 

Please note that the demand for Sea Turtle Scientist Program far exceeds the dates available so applications will be prioritized from St. Croix resident children and youth groups.

The Sea Turtle Scientist program will be prioritized for St. Croix children and youth groups. Group size must not exceed 20 persons (8-15 children plus 2-5 adult chaperones) and all Covid-19 restrictions will be in place (masks, distancing). The program will run Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 14 October and 12 November 2021. An application is required ahead of time. Our Education Coordinator ( will contact you about potential dates, go over tips and guidelines for a successful program and will confirm your attendance a few days prior to your date.

This is a free program for St. Croix residents, but donations for Education and Outreach are always appreciated!

A hatchling green turtle heads for the water!

The St. Croix Sea Turtle Project is sponsored by The Ocean Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, in cooperation with US Fish and Wildlife Service at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.

All photos on this website were taken under appropriate Endangered Species Permits during the course of approved research. No photos may be reproduced, or copied and used without permission. Thank you.