Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Sea Turtle Nest Adoption - 2019

Show your love for the Friends of Cape Florida, Inc. by symbolically adopting a sea turtle nest laid on the beaches of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on the tropical barrier island of Key Biscayne.

As a premium for your $100 tax-deductible donation a turtle plaque featuring your name or your recipient’s name will be placed on a nest in the months of April - July. We can also add a photo to the turtle nest plaque. Please send highest quality photo to trenton.seale@dep.state.fl.us

A personalized Adoption Certificate will be emailed when you fill out your adoption form. Print this certificate and GIVE IT AS A GIFT!

 

Click below to adopt a nest

 

Additional Details

At the conclusion of the hatching season (June - October) after cumulative hatchling data is collected, your adoption package will be mailed out within 30 days. You or your recipient will receive:

●      A letter of appreciation from our staff working our nesting beaches

●      The season’s turtle nest data for all of Cape Florida gathered in the field by Park Rangers & Volunteer Staff

●      A 4” x 6” print of your turtle nest ornamented with your customized plaque

●      A printed copy of your personalized adoption Certificate

●      A sense of satisfaction for supporting Sea Turtle conservation at the Park

A printable adoption certificate will be sent out by email upon receipt of your order to the indicated email address you provide. You may then print it or forward it to the recipient of your choice. Note: Certificates are not Auto-generated. They are done by staff and go out on weekdays. Once received, you may print and give the certificate as a gift anytime.

You may use your adoption to promote an appropriate business or organization. It is wonderful exposure to families and beachgoers of your contribution to Sea Turtle conservation.

Nesting season is April 1 through Oct 31. Personalized Turtle Plaques will be placed on nests beginning in May. The handmade wooden plaques, crafted on site by a Park Ranger, are placed in the order received and as nests appear throughout the season. We anticipate that most plaques will be placed on the beach in late June through July. Your plaque will remain on your nest for an approximate 45 to 70-day gestation period.

All Sea Turtle Nest Sponsorship donations go the Park’s Citizen Support Organization, Friends of Cape Florida, Inc. to fund the ongoing Sea Turtle conservation programs at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.

 We will not honor ANY requests for specific locations. Sea turtles are wild animals. Where sea turtles nest is not within the scope of our Parks control. The plaques are made and placed on the beach once a week at the first suitable nest. Nesting is not uniform on Cape Florida. Attempts will not be made to place plaques on particular nests. You may see nests that do not have plaques in an area you like on our beach. These areas or nests may not be suitable for adoption or the park staff may have reason for not placing a plaque. Your adoption is symbolic. You are donating to support the turtle conservation program and to support ALL NESTS in Cape Florida. Please note, plaque space is limited to the number of nests made in any given season. Feel free to inquire with Park staff as to the current volume of nests and projected availability before donating.       

Thank you! Best FISHes!

Loving the Lighthouse: Pre-Valentine's Day Celebration

Join us for a Pre-Valentine’s Day Celebration

Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 6:00pm-10:00pm.

Free entry for Friends Of Cape Florida Members (membership details). $10 at the door for nonmembers.

Cash Bar & Complimentary appetizers followed with Live Music & bon fire.

For more information, please email Art.yerian@dep.state.fl.us

All funds go to help support the Friends of Cape Florida Inc.

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Haunted Hike at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park: Oct 19th & 20th, 2018

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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is hosting its second Haunted Hike, on the evenings of October 19th and 20th, 2018. The event benefits the Friends of Cape Florida efforts on behalf of the park. 

Organizers will set up the hike in an area with pavilions in the southwest corner of the park, on a back road that runs along Biscayne Bay, facing Stiltsville.

There will be a little kids’ area with a pumpkin patch, face painting and other non-spooky fun, while the hike will feature several scary scenes set up by local businesses and nonprofits for older kids, teens and adults.  There will also be food available for sale.

There will be a $10 fee to enter, and all minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. There is no alcohol allowed, and parking is available in parking area D, between the lighthouse and view of Stiltsville, as well as throughout the park. The event will be wheelchair accessible, as it is on one of the park’s multiuse/bike paths.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Art Yerian at art.yerian@dep.state.fl.us or call us at 305-361-8779

Event on June 30, 2018: Beach Cleanup with 4Ocean

Protect Florida's beaches and waterways by joining the 4Ocean Beach Cleanup on June 30, 2018  from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

This free event will take place at the park, and there will be free snacks provided by Winn Dixie, and a free 4 Oceans bracelet and t shirt for all participants.

Location: Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
1200 Crandon Blvd Key Biscayne, FL 33149 Click for Google Maps Directions

Registration/Check in will be located in picnic area.

Learn more about 4Ocean and their work at https://4ocean.com/

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