Georgia’s only sea turtle education and rehabilitation facility. The Center offers the public a chance to learn about sea turtles and see rehabilitation in action with a host of interactive exhibits and experiences. Year-round indoor and outdoor programs are also available for guests of all ages.
All levels include a variety of benefits, like free admission and discounts on retail items and special activities. And, family memberships include a symbolic sea turtle adoption.
Jekyll Island is home to more than a thousand acres of maritime forest, 10 miles of shoreline, and best-in-class biologists and researchers. Learn more about the island’s natural resources from these experts during these one-of-a-kind eco-experiences.
During nesting season, we recommend embracing the darkness on the beach and taking in its natural beauty when at all possible.
Flashlights are prohibited on or near beaches from May to October, unless using turtle-safe lighting. Turtle-safe lighting including lamps/tubes/bulbs/diodes or other light sources that may be used in exterior light fixtures has been specially designed to emit only long wavelength light (amber or red LEDs producing light wavelengths not less than 560 nanometers) that is not disruptive to nesting sea turtles or their hatchlings. Turtle-safe lights can be purchased at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s gift shop.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s gift shop supports the overall mission of the Center. A portion of all proceeds helps fund its rehabilitation, research, and educational efforts.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for select holidays. The Center has limited hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day and is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Yes! You can support the Georgia Sea Turtle Center by purchasing from the following wish lists.
Specialized license plates featuring the Georgia Sea Turtle Center are available in the State of Georgia. These plates create awareness for the Center, as well as contribute to fundraising needs. Alternatively, you can purchase vanity plates from shop.jekyllisland.com. Contact your local tag office for details on obtaining an official, specialized license plate. Learn more »
Yes! Contact the Center at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how your group can get involved.
If found in Georgia, contact the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-2SAVEME (1-800-272-8363).
Established in 2007 on Jekyll Island and operated by the Jekyll Island Authority, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center was developed as an institution devoted to the rehabilitation of injured sea turtles and preservation of the delicate balance of the oceanic ecosystem. Ready to join the team? Apply for a job or volunteer.
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