Sebastian News

Sea Turtle Nesting Season is in full swing, reserve your Ranger-guided turtle walk!

As of June 24, our friends at Sebastian Inlet State Park have already reported marking 3 Leatherback sea turtle nests, 132 Loggerhead sea turtle nests and 96 Green sea turtle nests just on the beaches north of the inlet..make reservations for your turtle walk today!

Sebastian Inlet State Park conducts Park Ranger-guided educational sea turtle walks in June and July that offer you the possibility of seeing a Loggerhead sea turtle lay her eggs, cover and disguise her next, crawl back to the Atlantic Ocean and swim away!  Turtle walks are five nights a week, Friday through Tuesday.  The program starts at 9 PM and may last until 1 AM.  Unlike any other permitted sea turtle walk offered in Florida you may walk up to three miles while searching for a sea turtle.

Reservations are required for turtle walks and benefit The Friends of Sebastian Inlet State Park, Inc, an all volunteer, non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization dedicated to supporting the park and its two museums. All reservations are made online.  Click here to reserve your spot.  There is a $10.00 donation per person to reserve a space for a Park Ranger-guided turtle walk.

Did you know that Sebastian Inlet sits between two segments of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Reserve that has the highest nesting densities of Loggerhead and Green sea turtles in the Western Hemisphere? Archie Carr was established by Congress in 1989 and covers 20.5 miles of beaches in Brevard and Indian River counties. The Indian River Lagoon also provides critical foraging habitat for endangered Green sea turtles and the nearshore hardbottom reef provides rest and refuge for nesting females.