Are you an early riser? Join the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on a Sunrise Turtle Walk to explore the wonders of Jekyll Island’s beach ecology. Your guide will introduce you to the basics of sea turtle nesting and hatching, the ecological history of Jekyll, and any wildlife you come across. One of the potential activities could be the opportunity to witness an excavation of a recently hatched sea turtle nest. To adhere to excavation permits, we cannot guarantee there will be a nest excavation during these walks. Sunrise Turtle Walks are offered in August. Program participants must provide their own transportation to the beach access point.
Group size is limited to 8 people per walk by DNR permit restrictions.
What is the cost of a sunrise walk?
Cost: $27.50 per person* (w/ tax)
*Price includes general admission into the Georgia Sea Turtle Center
10% off for GSTC Members
Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on Sunrise Walks. Participants age 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.
Program/Ticket Terms & Conditions:
- Tickets must be purchased no later than 5 pm the evening prior to your walk.
- Ticket sales are based on a first come, first serve basis through Shopify, a third party e-commerce application.
- There are no guarantees of seeing a live turtle on these walks.
- Participants must provide their own transportation from the Center to the beach.
- Cancellations due to weather cannot be made until the morning of the walk, plan to meet your guide as scheduled to determine the status at that time.
- Refunds or an opportunity to reschedule are only available if a walk is cancelled due to inclement weather.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a nest excavation? The contents of a nest recently hatched or an unhatched nest beyond the normal incubation period will be inventoried to collect data on hatching success rate. Nest may contain hatched eggs, unhatched eggs, dead hatchings, and/or live hatchlings. Most of the live hatchlings should have made it out of the nest on their own at this point.
Where do I go for the Sunrise Walk? The walk will meet at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Participants are expected to bring their own transportation to caravan from the center to the beach access point.
Can I bring my children? Children ages 4 and up are welcome to attend the walk. Tickets are required for each walk participant including children and count towards our permitted total of 25.
How long does the Sunrise Walk last? Expect to be on the beach for 1-1.5 hours.
What should I wear/bring? Sturdy and comfortable shoes for walking on the sand are a must. Shoes must be worn for the duration of the walk. Insect repellent is strongly recommended. Other clothing suggestion include, a light jacket, sunglasses, or a hat. Cameras are welcome.
What are my chances of seeing a hatchling? We cannot guarantee every walk will participate in a nest excavation, nor do we know what the nest will contain until the excavation occurs. Sunrise Walks are conducted during peak hatching season for loggerheads in the state of Georgia, but there are no guarantees of seeing a live turtle on these walks.
What if it is storming? Cancellations due to weather cannot be made until the morning of the walk, so please plan to meet your guide at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center as scheduled to determine the status at that time.
If we see a hatchling, can we hold it? Only our research team and those permitted by the Department of Natural Resources are able to handle hatchlings or eggs. Otherwise, it is a violation of the Endangered Species Act and subject to federal penalty.
All proceeds from Sunrise Walks help to offset operational costs of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, including the rehabilitation of our patients.