11th Annual Sea Turtle Day Festival

"Keeping our Sea Marine Debris Free!"

Saturday, March 5, 2016


This fun-filled family day of environmental education will be packed with exciting things to see and do, including live animal presentations, face painting, aquarium feedings, children’s theater, guided tours, kids crafts, awesome booths, and more!  Free Parking in Spanish River Park with a Free shuttle to and from the event!

Hours:  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Entrance: FREE with a suggested donation of $5 per person
Crafts:  $3 per child includes all Kids' crafts and games, leaf printing, and face painting

  • GO GREEN: bring a reusable water bottle and fill it for free at our Hydration Station, provided by the City of Boca Raton's Utility Services
  • This event is open to all ages, and an adult must accompany children and teens at all times.  Proper attire required (no bathing suits or bare feet); pets are not permitted (with the exception of service animals).
  • Please note that there are no ATM machines on site.  We recommend that you come with cash, as credit card use by exhibitors and food vendors will be limited.
  • This is a rain or shine event.


Click here to download the Sea Turtle Day Program.


Parking Information

There will be no parking available at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, as we use our entire  parking lot for the festival.  Park in Spanish River Park (click for park address and information) located on Ocean Blvd 1½ miles north of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.  Enter through the south gates, and ride the FREE shuttle bus to the festival.  Parking is FREE - no admission will be charged at Spanish River Park for those attending Sea Turtle Day!


Marine Sculpture Debris Contest

Our Sea Turtle Day theme is about Marine Debris - garbage that ends up in the water. This contest is our way of educating and inspiring the public to reuse and recycle items more by showing how much trash ends up outdoors and in the water. Everyday items can be reused to create something new and beautiful!

The sculptures will be submitted from elementary aged children and were created with a minimum of 30% trash collected from public outdoor areas.  Sculptures will be on display adjacent to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility.

There will be 1 overall winner of this contest, which will be chosen by YOU!  People’s Choice! Use your ticket to cast your vote for your favorite sculpture based on the use of trash to replicate a sea animal and creativity.



Audubon Society of the Everglades

Batfish Books

Ben J Hicks Fine Art Prints

Boca Raton Public Library

Broward County Natural Resources

Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program

Children's Science Explorium

City of Boca Raton Ocean Rescue

City of Boca Raton Utility Services

Daggerwing Nature Center

Florida Atlantic University,
Elasmobranch Research Lab

Florida Leatherbacks

Florida Public Archaeology Network

FWC - Monofilament Recovery and
Recycling Program

Green Cay Nature Center

International Game Fish Association

Lagoon Keepers

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Sandoway House Nature Center

Sea to Shore Alliance

Sea Turtle Oversight Protection

Sierra Club

SeaView Optical

Sol Children Theatre Troupe

South Florida Wildlife Center

Southeast Florida Coral Reef initiative

Surfrider Foundation Palm Beach County Chapter

The Living Sea

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary




Bobby G's Drivin' Diner

Conch Shack Catering

The Good Humor Man


Jamba Juice

Taco Fresh


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Planning to come to Sea Turtle Day?   

Let us know on the Sea Turtle Day Event Facebook page by clicking "Going"!

(RSVP not requried)