Celebrate 40 years of ocean conservation at the Eighteenth Annual TurtleFest at Loggerhead Marinelife Center March 18. This year’s TurtleFest theme is “Respect the Locals.” The free, family-friendly community event will take over the Juno Beach center and Loggerhead Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 10,000 guests will gather to support marine ecosystem and enjoy educational exhibits and activities with community partners, as well as marine life, live music, art, shopping, games, and more.
The newly expanded facility will set the scene for conservation activities, visits with sea turtle patients and other native marine life up close, and browsing local artists and merchants committed to ocean conservation. Enjoy food, craft beers, and cocktails from vendors, and listen to great local bands such as Tasty Vibrations, The Holidazed, and Jay Valor Band.
Children can dive into the world of sea turtle conservation with fun, hands-on activities such as TurtleFest’s Junior Vet Lab. The 30-minute demonstration will educate children on the process of sea turtle rescue and release. They will come to the aid of a green sea turtle replica to learn about common injuries and illnesses that affect these endangered animals.
Parking for TurtleFest will be located at 700 Universe Boulevard in Juno Beach, along U.S. Highway 1. Free shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes to and from the event. Loggerhead Marinelife Center is encouraging attendees to ride their bicycles to TurtleFest and will provide free bicycle valet service at the event entrance on Ocean Avenue. Each person who valets a bicycle will receive 25 percent-off the purchase of a refillable water bottle.
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