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!