For the sixth consecutive year, sea turtle lovers will get an interactive afternoon at Marinelife Day at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The free family event will be held Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grand Court, and will spotlight the world-renowned sea turtle and ocean conservation programs at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in nearby Juno Beach.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a non-profit sea turtle hospital that promotes conservation of ocean ecosystems with a focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The center features an on-site campus hospital, research laboratory, educational exhibits and aquariums. It also operates the Juno Beach Pier.
The exhibition will feature interactive, educational programs, conversations with Loggerhead Marinelife Center scientists, a special appearance by LMC’s mascot, Fletch, family-friendly games and activities, and chances to win prizes. Turtle-loving tots and their families and friends will be able to design their own ocean reef, listen to sea turtle stories, craft seashell necklaces, and adopt a sea turtle.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center is also giving children the opportunity to be a “Vet for a Day.” The contest is open to children ages five to 10. They will meet with an LMC rehabilitation staff member and learn how sea turtle patients are treated. Plus, each little vet will receive a plush sea turtle patient as a take-home gift.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center officials will also announce the winners of their third annual Juno Beach Pier Photo Contest, a viral, community photography contest powered by Facebook and Instagram.
Photos: Tracey Benson Photography