Though turtle nesting season has come to a close, Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) in Juno Beach is gearing up for a season of engaging winter programming.
For adventurous souls, LMC will host its Hike2O from March 5 to 7 in-person and virtually. Trail experts and staff biologists will lead hikers through some of South Florida’s most iconic ecosystems, with pitstops for fun including a cook-out, complimentary goodies, and an award ceremony. The virtual hike costs $45-$60 and is open to all ages. The three-day, two-night in-person hike costs $110 and is open to hikers aged 18 years and older.
The ocean conservation hub will invite the community for weekly Blue Friends Self-Guided Beach Cleanups on Saturdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Guests of all ages will stop by the Marine Debris Sorting Station on the back deck of LMC to pick up cleanup supplies, head to the beach to conduct their cleanup, and bring a full bag of trash back to the LMC Sorting Station to get a free shirt.
For those with turtles on the mind, LMC will host free Turtle Talks every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. to engage visitors 8 years and older in a lecture-style program and tour. The program will educate conservationists of all ages about sea turtle biology, ecology, and conservation. Visitors will also learn about LMC’s rescue-to-release protocol and pioneering outdoor sea turtle hospital.
To round out the winter offerings, LMC’s Guided Tour programs will offer guests a more comprehensive experience on campus on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursday to Sunday at 12 and 2 p.m. During the one-hour programs, education docents will lead registered guests through the Exhibit Hall and outdoor sea turtle hospital, touching on topics such as conservation efforts, LMC history, and the current conditions of our patients. Tours costs $5-$10.