Welcome to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center! Through sea turtle rehabilitation, research and educational programs, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center works to increase awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promote responsibility for ecosystem health and empower individuals to act locally, regionally, and globally to protect the environment.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles, and we are the only hospital of its kind in Georgia! The Center is open to the public and offers an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion, where guests can view our patients and witness their recovery process. While visiting the Center, guests will experience as hands-on, multi-faceted day of learning, both about sea turtles as well as marine life and our sensitive coastal eco-system.

After seeing the work done at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, many guests ask how they can contribute to our mission. And we have ways for our guests to do just that! Adopting a sea turtle has become a prime way visitors can support the Center and stay connected to our work. For a small donation, guests can contribute funding to support Georgia Sea Turtle Center patients and further our mission of rehabilitation, research and education.

Adoptive donors can choose a current patient, or released patient with a satellite transmitter, and follow their tremendous journey from hospital to sea.  These donations help offset operating costs, such as medication and food for in-house patients, and also support our research to help sea turtles across the globe.

Join Us

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center has many ways you can be involved in our mission, no matter where you live! You can become a member, or a part of our Adopt-a-Sea Turtle program. If you want to make a donation, you can check out our ‘Wish List’ to see what we still need.

Not only does the Georgia Sea Turtle Center support a great cause, provide inspirational and educational experiences, and make an impact in conservation-related issues, but it’s a fun place to work. We offer volunteer, internship and career opportunities in our Education, Rehabilitation and Research Departments. If you’re interested in joining our team, check out the current available opportunities.

The staff of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center looks forward to having you at our facility. Please look around the site for more information to help you plan your next visit to the Center.

Find us.

214 Stable Road
Jekyll Island, Georgia 31527

Phone: 912.635.4444
Fax: 912.635.4198

Reservations Fax: 912.717.6961

For admission rates, news and other information, visit us here.

Hours of Operation

March – November

Monday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuesday-Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

December – February

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Special closings

Thanksgiving Day: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Christmas Eve Day: Closed

Christmas Day: Closed

New Year’s Day: Closed

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