Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital
Over twenty sea turtles are a lot to care for, especially with their individual diets, personalities, medicines, vitamins, and care regimens. There is continuous monitoring of intake and output, water quality, temperature, cleaning, redirecting of water pipes, and laundry, laundry, laundry. Volunteers handle these duties and many more every day. Changing hats from feeders, cleaners, and medical care providers to ambassadors, educators, administrators and fundraisers. They do it all and more!
The first volunteers arrive each morning at 7 AM to begin food and medication preparation. Shortly after that a highly dedicated team of folks arrive to feed each turtle according to their needs and wants. Like humans, they can be extremely picky eaters! After feeding time they methodically scoop clean each tank, administer care to the needs of each turtle, refill every tank, wash, dry, fold and stack towels, repeat, repeat, repeat.
After tending to the turtles, volunteers then begin to physically prepare the building for afternoon visitors so that the Sea Turtle Hospital can introduce its patients, create awareness, and educate the public.
It takes many people each day to keep the facility running smoothly. It is often difficult and hot work, not to mention dirty and smelly. However, the rewards are plentiful and they can be found by simply looking into the turtle’s eyes and witnessing their eager and exciting return to the sea.
Campers will engage in these daily activities alongside and under the supervision of regular Sea Turtle Hospital volunteers. You will learn what it takes to care for, rehabilitate and release one of these magnificent creatures back into its home in the sea. Participants will get to know the turtles by name, learn how they’re named, and begin to recognize the many different personalities exhibited by each turtle. By the end of the week, campers will come away with the experience of a lifetime at the Sea Turtle Hospital and an education regarding every aspect of the sea turtle from their diet to species recognition to turtle first aid. All of your time spent here will count towards community service hours.
Support Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation
Please help us continue to protect and conserve the remaining species of Sea Turtles. Through education and public awareness we can ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the natural wonder of these magnificent marine species.
Please consider giving a membership to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital Foundation for birthdays and other special occasions.
Thank you for your interest and support.