Turtle Watch

NOTICE: Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic and resulting government distancing guidelines, Turtle Watch has been postponed until further notice. Updates will be posted here as we get more information.

Each summer, Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge presents their education program, Turtle Watch, for the residents of St. Croix. We will be updating this page soon and the Turtle Watch program will begin in mid-April, but here are some important dates for the 2020 program!

** Turtle Watch is open to St. Croix community groups of 15-30 people per night.

** Friday and Saturday nights are reserved for youth groups only.

Important 2020 Dates
28 March – Requests for reservations open for Nesting Turtle Watch ONLY.
10 April to 9 May – Nesting Turtle Watch.
23 May – Requests for reservations open for Hatchling Turtle Watch ONLY.
5 June to 30 June – Hatchling Turtle Watch.

Please watch for announcements on Turtle Watch and the Sandy Point Leatherback Project on this page or at:
SeaTurtleCensus.com or
and always on our Facebook page!

The Sandy Point Sea Turtle Education Program makes the community an integral part of the protection of sea turtles and their habitats. In doing so, it fosters a conservation ethic, which extends to all aspects of the natural community. An educated and concerned public is our greatest ally when it comes to the preservation of sites such as Sandy Point. The education program shows students a world they may never have seen before. This is especially true of our resident young people since St. Croix has no zoos or natural history museums. For many of these children, this is their first opportunity to interact with a wild animal.

Thank you so much for your interest. We hope to see you this year at Sandy Point!

Turtle Watch gives everyone a chance to observe nesting or hatching turtles, as well as the opportunity to sit on this quiet beach in the dark and admire the stars!

The St. Croix Leatherback Project is supported by the Sea Turtle Census Initiative, which is sponsored by  The Ocean Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, based in Washington, D.C., but working globally to protect our oceans.

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.