As you drive into Navarre Beach Marine Park, you are greeted by a colorful, eye-catching mural of sea turtles. The mural serves not only to beautify the entrance to the park, but also to identify the location of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservatory. Completed by local artist Chuck Chunn on a voluntary basis, the mural also embodies the spirit of the center, which is fully staffed by volunteers who are passionate about the cause.
Spreading awareness and helping turtles with life threatening injuries is the focus of the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. All seven types of sea turtles are endangered and four of them frequent the Navarre Beach area. Visitors can take a break from the sun for a bit to enjoy educational and entertaining programs at the facility or even to do some local shopping.
The gift shop, affectionately called the Seamore Store, features beautiful art work and jewelry created by local artists along with gifts for children and literature about sea turtles. Also, inside the center are activities for visitors, especially younger ones, to enjoy including a very realistic nesting bay and life-size art of four types of sea turtles that will allow you to see how you compare in size.
The NBSTCC also wants to thank the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and SeaWorld for their unwavering support and generosity as they welcomed us into the community of sea turtle conservation centers. Our mission is to educate our community and visitors and share our passion for protecting these beautiful animals. You too can help us provide sea turtles with more tomorrows.
Check out navarrebeachseaturtles.org to learn more about the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center.
Tuesday 10 am to 4 pm
Wednesday Noon to 4 pm
Thursday 10 am to 4 pm
Friday Noon to 4 pm
Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Admission is $5
$4 for military and seniors (65+)
lil’ hatchlings two and under are free!
School groups and special events are hosted by reservation on Wednesday and Friday of each week. If you are interested please contact us at (850) 499-6774.
Photo by www.jonmonfishimagery.com