“Preserving beautiful sea creatures”
Stranded sea turtles are often found along Atlantic coast beaches. While most are dead, a small but increasing number are still alive. Before, there were no facilities in Georgia to treat the turtles, and they had to be transported long distances to centers in Florida and South Carolina. Unfortunately, these facilities are often filled to capacity, and the turtles cannot be treated adequately and may be prematurely released. In February 2006, renovations began on the new Georgia Sea Turtle Center, a marine turtle rehabilitation, research, and education facility on Jekyll Island. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center opened in June 2007 and provided state-of-the-art emergency care to sick and injured sea turtles, with opportunities for scientific research and long-term treatment. Jekyll Island is an ideal site for the new rehabilitation center. With an active sea turtle monitoring program since 1972, Jekyll is unique among Georgia’s developed islands for its significant annual turtle nesting.Visitors to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will explore exhibits on sea turtle conservation, rehabilitation, and their amazing journey from egg to adulthood. School field trips, public programs, and special events will highlight Georgia’s unique coastal ecosystem and the mysterious world of these ancient reptiles.
This is one of our favorite places to visit and support. They do a wonderful job with rehabilitation of the turtles. The education center is well done. A great stop for families.
This was such a fun experience and I had no idea there was so much to do on the island. I could have easily spent the day there and would have loved to camp there also.
We visited here on our winter travels. Very interesting place to visit. It's very nice to see and learn things about what the Turtles go through in their lives and all of the dangers along the way. We also watched them operating on one turtle with boat cut wounds and sudden cold temperature changes. I believe I heard that when Texas received their cold blast recently, a lot of turtles came here to rehabilitate. Keep up the good work.
I really loved this place. I could of stayed there all day long. Loved the learning center, great for kids and adults. Being able to see the huge turtles up close was really awesome. We went to Jekyll Island for out Honeymoon and this was my favorite place that we went. I can't wait to bring out son there someday soon!
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The Georgia Sea Turtle Center
- Mon: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sun, Tue - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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