Turtle Watch

NOTICE: Turtle Watch dates for 2023 have been finalized. Nesting Turtle Watch is complete. Next opportunity to apply for Sunset Watch opens 21 May.

HATCHLING TURTLE WATCH is now SUNSET WATCH: Applications open 21 May. Program runs Tuesday through Saturday nights from 13 June to 22 July (5 pm to 8 pm). Apply HERE!

NESTING TURTLE WATCH: This program is now complete. Check back later for additional programs or keep an eye on social media posts for Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge or STXturtles.

About Turtle Watch – Each summer, Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge presents their free education program, Turtle Watch, for the residents of St. Croix. Watch for notices on our Facebook page and on posters around St. Croix.

Please note that the demand for Turtle Watch far exceeds the supply of slots so applications will be prioritized from St. Croix residents (youth and children groups).

For questions about Turtle Watch for 2023, please contact us at sandypoint.turtlewatch @ gmail.com).

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

Please watch for announcements on Education Programs at Sandy Point on this page or at: SeaTurtleCensus.com or STXTurtles.com and always on our Facebook page and on Instagram.

Turtle Watch gives the children of St. Croix a chance to observe nesting or hatching turtles, as well as the opportunity to sit on this quiet refuge beach once it gets dark and admire the stars!

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.