Turtle Watch

NOTICE: Check back here after 1 June for updates on our Turtle Watch and Outreach programs at Sandy Point! Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic and resulting government distancing guidelines, we have no option but to postpone Turtle Watch activities and programs until later in 2021. We are working on great programs for the future and updates will be posted here! 

COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact for a prolonged period. The CDC has determined that social distancing is an essential step in preventing the spread of COVID-19. With the best interest and safety of our USVI community in mind, we have decided to postpone the 2021 Turtle Watch Education Program. Due to the intimate nature of this program, social distancing is just not possible. Please check in regularly at https://www.facebook.com/SandyPointNWR/ and https://www.facebook.com/stxleatherbacks/ for updates on future outreach opportunities at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. 

About Turtle Watch – Each summer, Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge presents their free education program, Turtle Watch, for the residents of St. Croix. Turtle Watch generally happens in the summer, and tentative dates for 2021 will be posted here after 1 June. Watch for notices on our Facebook page and on posters around St. Croix!

** Turtle Watch is open to St. Croix community groups of 15-30 people per night (Tuesday through Saturday nights); registration ahead of time is required. Links for registration will be added here once dates are announced. Please note that all Friday and Saturday nights are reserved for youth groups only (with adult chaperones).

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

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

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 sea turtle in its natural environment.

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

Support for our free outreach programs is provided by generous donors. You can help too, by making a donation in any amount! Donate here! Thank you!

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

The St. Croix Sea Turtle 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.