Georgia Sea Turtle Center
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Georgia Sea Turtle Center

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General Admission Print at Home Tickets Available!
  Ticket Type Your Price Qty  
Georgia Sea Turtle Center attraction information Adult (ages 13-64)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$7.00
Child (ages 4-12)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$5.00
Senior (ages 65+)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$6.00

Valid until: Dec 31, 2015

Visitors under 16 yrs old must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older.

In accordance with State Health Department regulations, all swimsuits must be covered. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is open to the public Monday - Sunday, 9am-5pm. During the months of November, December, January, and February, we are closed on Mondays. We are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. We are open on Thanksgiving Day 10am-2pm.

All proceeds help to offset operational costs, including the rehabilitation of our patients.

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Behind the Scenes Tour (includes General Admission) Print at Home Tickets Available!
  Ticket Type Prices From  
Georgia Sea Turtle Center attraction information Non-Member - Adult (ages 13+)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$22.00
Non-Member - Child (ages 10-12)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$17.00
Member - Adult (ages 13+)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$11.00
Member - Child (ages 10-12)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$8.50

Ever wonder what it feels like to be on the other side of the Treatment Window? Wish YOU could get a closer look at the patients? You’re in luck! The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is pleased to offer Behind-the-Scenes Tours!

Guided by a member of our Education staff, guests will visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas, the Treatment Room, Radiology and Surgical Suite.

Tours are offered on a first come first served basis, and ADVANCED RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Group size is limited to 10 guests and nearly always sell out days in advance.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a hospital & rehabilitation center for sick and injured animals. At no time during the tour will participants be able to handle, touch, or feed live turtles. Behind the Scenes tours are offered daily at 3pm. However tours may be canceled due to veterinary procedures or special events. Be sure to reserve your spot early! Must be at least 10 years of age to participate

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Gatorology 101 Print at Home Tickets Available!
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Georgia Sea Turtle Center attraction information Adult (ages 13+)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$12.00
Child (ages 4-12)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$8.00
Adult with GSTC Membership (ages 13+)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$6.00
Child with GSTC Membership (ages 4-12)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$4.00

Join Jekyll Island’s wildlife researchers for an all-things alligator class. During this hands-on experience you will learn about the American alligator’s biology, behavior, and conservation while we demystify common misperceptions about these amazing reptiles. You will also learn about the alligator research happening on Jekyll Island and how it helps create a safe co-existence for alligators and people. At the end of your 45-minute class you graduate as an Alligator Advocate armed with a new understanding of how to safely enjoy these intriguing reptiles and how you can help support alligator conservation.

Attendees will meet their guide at the Jekyll Island Skeet House (located on Pier Road in the Historic District) and should expect for the presentation to begin on time. Benches for seating are available. Photography is welcomed and encouraged.

Children three and under are free
Participants receive a coupon for 10% off at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center Gift Shop

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Sunrise Walks (General Admission ticket NOT included) Print at Home Tickets Available!
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Georgia Sea Turtle Center attraction information Non-Member Fee
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$20.00
Member Fee [Must present membership card at time of tour along with ticket]
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$10.00

Early morning risers will explore one of Jekyll’s beautiful beaches and discover barrier island ecology. Your trained guides will explain the importance of this habitat, identify a variety of beach-dwelling flora and fauna, and explain how this environment supports sea turtle nesting. Depending on the hatching season, some walk guests may witness a nest excavation on a hatched loggerhead sea turtle nest! However, in adhering to excavation permits, we cannot guarantee there will be a nest excavation during every walk. Group size is limited to 25 people per walk (GADNR permit regulation).

Sunrise Walks are conducted on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning during August 2015 and will continue through approximately mid-September (hatching season length varies). Walk participants will meet their guide at the GSTC parking lot at 6:45am (times may vary slightly due to tides; you will be notified in advance if there are any changes in the schedule).

Additional Information:

  • There are no guarantees of seeing a live turtle on these walks.
  • Post-hatching excavation: a nest that has naturally hatched recently likely will be dug up to record contents and determine hatching success rate. Nests may contain hatched eggs, un-hatched eggs, dead hatchlings, and/or live hatchlings. Most of the live hatchlings should have made it out of the nest on their own at this point. Per our permitting from DNR, nest excavations occur 4-6 days after hatching.
  • Tickets must be purchased no later than 5pm the evening prior to your walk. Walk-up requests will not be accepted. These walks last approximately 1-1.5 hours.
  • Children ages 3 and younger will be charged the regular fee and will count toward the 25 participant limit. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Participants must provide their own transportation from the GSTC to the beach. You may follow your walk guide via caravan to ensure that you reach the meeting location. We strongly recommend walk participants apply bug spray and wear comfortable shoes for beach walking.
  • Cancellations due to weather cannot be made until the morning of the walk, so please plan to meet your guide as scheduled to determine the status at that time. You will receive a refund or the opportunity to reschedule if we need to cancel the walk.
  • All proceeds from Sunrise Walks help to offset operational costs of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, including the rehabilitation of our patients.
**Price does not include general admission to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

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Egg-sperience Dawn Patrol Print at Home Tickets Available!
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Georgia Sea Turtle Center attraction information Non-Member - Adult (ages 15+)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$50.00
Non-Member - Child (ages 4-14)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$50.00
Member - Adult (ages 15+) [Must present membership card at the start of your program]
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$45.00
Member - Child (ages 4-14) [Must present membership card at the start of your program]
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$45.00
Sea Turtle Camper (child only) (ages 4-14)
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$45.00

Participants in the GSTC’s Egg-sperience Dawn Patrol program get the unique opportunity to assist sea turtle biologists with nest monitoring efforts on Jekyll Island. Guests meet our Dawn Patrol team at Great Dunes park at sunrise where they will accompany patrollers in one of the GSTC’s all-terrain vehicles. On the beach participants provide assistance and gain hands-on experience while covering and locating nests, checking for signs of depredation, and conducting nest excavations. The opportunity to work alongside a seasoned sea turtle biologist and your efforts to protect the sea turtle population of Jekyll Island make this a worthwhile experience you will never forget!

Before purchasing your tickets, please read through the Egg-sperience Dawn Patrol information.

Additional Information:
• Although Egg-sperience Dawn Patrol is only offered during peak hatching periods, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center does not guarantee that participants will observe a sea turtle while participating in the program.
• Egg-sperience Dawn Patrol will not be cancelled in the event of poor or inclement weather. Exceptions may occur in certain circumstances when conditions are not safe, such as sustained thunder or a tropical storm.
• All participants must be able to walk for short distances.
• It is recommended that participants bring their own food and water, as these are not provided by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.

Reservations must be made no later than the day before your program. Egg-sperience Dawn Patrol is offered on Monday thru Sunday and is based on research staff availability. The minimum age for participants is 4 years. Maximum group size is 4 people due to space limitations in our ATVs. Please contact us for specifications on how many of your group we can accommodate on each vehicle. Participants under the age of 15 must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older. Our cancellation policy can be found in the program description on the GSTC website. Note: The Georgia Sea Turtle Center does not guarantee that participants will see a nesting or hatchling sea turtle during the Egg-sperience Dawn Patrol program.

If you have questions regarding program details or participant capacity, please contact us at ridewithpatrol@gmail.com or by phone at (912) 635-4137.

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Annual Membership Print at Home Tickets Available!
  Ticket Type Your Price Qty  
Georgia Sea Turtle Center attraction information Individual Membership
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$35.00
Family Membership
Price includes all sales tax & local option tax
$100.00

Valid until: Dec 31, 2015

Become a member of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and enjoy a great value all year round! Your membership includes:

Individual Membership
Free unlimited admission for named member for one year
10% discount at Georgia Sea Turtle Center Gift Shop
1/2 price Turtle and Nest Walks

Family Membership
Same as Individual Membership PLUS
Family Memberships provide free admission to 1 member & 4 people
10% discount on education programs, including summer camp, birthday parties & Behind-the-Scenes
Please allow up to three weeks to receive your Annual Membership card in the mail.

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