Turtle Watch

Summer 2021 – Turtle Watch for the youth of St. Croix!
NOTICE: The 2021 Turtle Watch program at Sandy Point will run from 22 June to 24 July! Applications may be submitted starting 11 June. APPLY HERE!
Please note that the demand for Turtle Watch far exceeds the supply of nests to watch so applications will be prioritized from St. Croix residents (youth and children groups).

For this summer, Turtle Watch will be prioritized for St. Croix children and youth groups. Group size must not exceed 12 persons (10 children plus 2 adult chaperones) and all Covid-19 restrictions will be in place (masks, distancing). Turtle Watch will run Tuesday through Saturday nights. An application is required ahead of time. Our Turtle Watch coordinator (sandypoint.turtlewatch@gmail.com) will contact you about potential dates, go over tips and guidelines for a successful turtle watch and will confirm your attendance a few days prior to your date.

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

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 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!

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!
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.

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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 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.

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.