Sea Turtle Camp’s ocean view facility, our home away from home for campers and staff, is located in the beautiful town of North Topsail Beach, located just north of Wilmington, NC on Topsail Island. Wake up to the sound of waves crashing and the feel the ocean breeze on your face. Some mornings, you’ll head to the beach for nest patrol – as your group is on the lookout for new sea turtle nests.
While at camp, students stay in the heart of the sea turtle action on Topsail Island. Pronounced Tops’l by the locals, this 26-mile long, quarter-mile wide barrier island has a rich history filled with sea turtles, pirates, fishermen and surfers. Since Topsail Island is one of the less developed barrier islands in the area, groves of maritime forest still dot the island and are rumored to hide Blackbeard’s treasure. Nowadays, Topsail is known as a laid-back beach town and a sanctuary for sea turtles.
Students will also enjoy dining together in our very own dining hall. The rooms are gender-specific and feature air-conditioning, comfortable common areas and gender specific bathrooms. Each participant will have his or her own bed. Sea Turtle Camp staff members are housed on-site and will provide 24-hour, same gender adult supervision. Campers will not only enjoy the breathtaking sunsets from our decks, but also private beach access, campfires and outdoor activities such as volleyball, corn hole, basketball and much more. You’ll spend your days traveling around the region – volunteering at the sea turtle hospital, participating in fun, hands-on marine science lessons, exploring North Carolina’s underwater world and more!