learn about and hopefully observe three to four different species of
sea turtles in the wild! Spot a leatherback or Kemp’s ridley from the
fishing pier at Myrtle Beach, walk to the jetty at Huntington Beach and
observe immature greens, see a nesting loggerhead at Edisto Beach,
and attend a sea turtle nest inventory at any of our four coastal parks.
Price: $200 per person. Includes park admission, ranger–led programs,
and a T–shirt, but does not include food, travel, or overnight accommodations.
Capacity: 20 people Age: 12 and up– no exceptions
Edisto Beach State Park– Nesting Loggerhead Sea Turtles
Tuesday, June 20: 8:45pm to midnight (or maybe later)
Meet: Office Building at Beach Section of Park
Edisto Beach State Park is one of the few areas in SC that is permitted
by SCDNR to lead educational sea turtle night walks. The loggerhead
sea turtle is a beautiful visitor to our coast. Our program explores the
life cycle of the sea turtle, challenges to conservation, and how you
can help save our state reptile. Following a 30–minute indoor program,
participants will go on a 3–mile guided nighttime beach walk for a
chance to witness a nesting loggerhead sea turtle. No flash
photography allowed and red–light flashlights will be provided by the park.
Edisto Beach State Park– Optional Morning Patrol
Wednesday, June 21: 6am to 8am (maybe later depending on activity
and location of nest) Meet: Office Building at Beach Section of Park
Join us as we walk the beach searching for any sea turtle crawls and
nests from the night before. Learn how permitted individuals work
to protect nests as they probe for the nest location, find the chamber,
relocate a nest if laid below the tide line, and mark the new nest. We
may walk up to 3–miles– it all depends where the nest is on the beach.