As we move towards the end of the peak of sea turtle nesting, we begin the peak of our sea turtle hatch-outs. The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is one of only three facilities in Florida to conduct the extremely popular Hatchling Release Program. During this program, hatchling sea turtles removed from nests excavated by our Marine Turtle Specialists are waiting to be released into the ocean in the evening. Participants watch as our staff place baby sea turtles on the sand several feet from the water's edge, and allow them to scurry into the ocean on their own. This program is offered for all ages, and runs from late July through mid-September. Tickets must be purchased in person and in advance for a specific evening, and they sell out quickly!