The Georgia Sea Turtle Center was one of our favorite stops on our Georgia Road trip. After our stops in Atlanta and Savannah we drove to the south eastern tip of Georgia to the Brunswick area. We spent most of our time swimming and playing on the beach, but I like to find opportunities to learn and explore wherever we are. Our kids were still talking about the manta rays and whale sharks from the Georgia Aquarium, so the Sea Turtle Center seemed like a fun field trip. The center focuses on sea turtle rehabilitation, research, and education. It is a small building, but we learned a lot from the friendly, knowledgable staff.
When you visit, there are two main parts. After you pay a small admission in the gift shop area, you head into the education museum like space. There is a lot of information and interactive activities integrated into this space. First you are given a story card. There are stations throughout the room with stamps that you stamp on your passport.
This is a fun, interactive way to introduce you to the diverse and important world of sea turtles. At the end you have a story about your life as a sea turtle. Be warned - most sea turtles die young. Our kids were a little too young to really understand this, but they greatly enjoyed the stamps.
In one corner, there is a window that lets you watch their staff at work. We watched the vet feed a newly rescued baby sea turtle. There were other staff on hand to answer questions.
In the back corner there is a play space. There are puppets, books about sea turtles and other interactive materials.
The second part of the center is the rehabilitation area. This is not flashy, but our kids were fascinated. There are pools with little turtles and labels with their names. The turtles were swimming and eating lettuce. This was quite the conversation starter. Their names are also amusing and often based on popular characters (like Elsa) so they wanted us to read each name plate.
A friendly staff member also showed us a couple of the smallest hatchlings up close. This poor little guy was born with one eye and no tail. The staff was patient and answered all of my three year olds' questions.
After visiting the Georgia Aquarium, which is awesome, this seemed small and simple. That is not a bad thing though. Our kids loved it and I learned a lot about Sea Turtles. There was enough to watch and do that we were busy for at least an hour and they were not quite ready to leave when it was time for lunch. If you live in the area, are passing through, or have an interest in these beautiful creatures I highly recommend the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
*The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is located out on Jekyll Island. If you are visiting during the warmer months you may want to spend some more time on the island. Here are some other things to do there.
*The St Simons Island is also close by. These are some things we enjoyed there.
Back at Home:
*Learn more about Sea Turtles! (Here's our Sea Turtle Unit)
*Read some sea turtle children's book" target="_blank">books about Sea Turtles.
*Pretend to be sea turtles when you go swimming in a pool or at the beach.
*Adopt a Sea Turtle.
*Look for sea turtles on your Little Passports map.
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