STPS has a mission to help sea turtles survive and educating the public about the threats to sea turtles is an important aspect. Understanding how we impact them and therefore how we can make it a positive impact and not a negative one for the sea turtles is the goal for community inspired action.
Our education team provides educational outreach to all demographics and ages. Educational outreach generally involves an interactive presentation about the sea turtles of Florida, a bit of their nesting biology, threats of sea turtles, and most importantly what EVERYBODY can do to help sea turtles survive. You can request an educational presentation using the form at the bottom of this page. If you need help submitting the form or have questions please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are several types of outreach programs and materials that can be provided upon request and/or open to the public throughout the year. Some examples include:
- Turtle Talk 101 (see calendar)
- Boating and Fishing talks
- Sea Turtle Emergency Response (see calendar)
- Kid’s Turtle Talk
- Customizable for demographic and time constraints
- Handouts available
- Visual aids including sea turtle models, replica skulls, trashy turtle etc.
- Active or passive participation
- Literary connections (books or story time)
The Sea Turtle Preservation Society currently has two locations containing educational displays, which include gift shops. The Turtle House in Indialantic, FL and the Turtle Nest Kiosk in Cape Canaveral, FL both have educational displays and staff/volunteers to help answer questions. Both locations are open to the public during normal business hours. See “Contact Us/Visit Us” on the website for address and location hours.
The Turtle Nest is a smaller center located at the Port. Come in an check out the educational displays and merchandise for sale. This kiosk is not available to request presentations or group visits, but you can still learn a lot about sea turtles from its displays.
The Turtle House is the home of the Education Center and can be requested before, during and after hours for group visits and presentations as necessary.
Since 2016, the STPS Education Center at the Turtle House has housed educational displays. The center contains stations for hands on and interactive education, sea turtle videos, and presentations by reservation for groups of up to 20-25. The center also has real sea turtle artifacts including skulls, carapaces, and other products that STPS is permitted to display. Additional replicas include a life-sized adult leatherback, adult green turtle, a sub-adult loggerhead, a juvenile loggerhead, and a juvenile Kemp’s ridley.
STPS has several educational campaigns that target specific threats to sea turtles and what action we can take to help sea turtles survive. Some of these campaigns include:
- Sharing the beach with sea turtles
- Keep beaches clean, flat and dark
- Lights out
- Hands off hatchlings
- Boater’s Awareness
- Refuse single use plastics
- Never release balloons outdoors
We reach more than 30,000 people annually through the various outreach events.
Summer camps, multigenerational groups, retirement groups, fundraising socials, fishing organizations, environmental organizations, English as a second language (ESL) classes, boys and girls’ club, public, private and homeschooled children are just some of the audiences that we have reached in our program. Please see the annual reports for details.
Request an educational presentation using the following form: