Sea Turtle, Inc. offers school groups the exciting opportunity to explore the world of sea turtles through an interactive presentation and self-guided tour through our facility.
What Does A Field Trip Involve?
Field trips begin with an interactive presentation geared toward your audience and will last 15-20 minutes. Presentations can be customized but typically include information on the following topics:
- Species in the Gulf
- Sea Turtle Nesting
- Sea Turtle Life Cycle
- Marine Debris
After your presentation, your group will have 1-1.5 hours to look at the displays and sea turtles at our facility. You may also use this time to visit our gift shop.
We offer presentations in both English & Spanish (please specify if you need a Spanish presentation).
When Can I Schedule a Field Trip?
Sea Turtle, Inc. books group visits daily. Times will vary depending on time of year. School group reservations are booked at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
Be sure to make your appointment in advance. March-May are the busiest months for school groups at Sea Turtle, Inc. Times are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Frequently Asked Questions about Field Trips
How Much Does It Cost To Bring My Students?
August 16th-May 31st: The cost to bring a field trip to Sea Turtle, Inc. is $5 per student.* 1 teacher or chaperone per 10 students is admitted free of charge.
June 1st-August 15th: The cost to bring a field trip to Sea Turtle, Inc. is $7 per student.* 1 teacher or chaperone per 10 students is admitted free of charge.
Any accompanying parent chaperones that are not paid for by the school are subject to our general admission prices.
How many students can attend a field trip?
Our facility can handle a maximum of 200 students. If you have more than 200 students, we recommend splitting the group. Sea Turtle, Inc. will try to accommodate large groups by scheduling back-to-back tours when possible.
*COVID-19 restrictions in place. For more information, please contact the Education Department (956)761-4511 x3
Does your facility have restrooms?
Yes! Our Education Center has public restrooms and water fountains.
*Water fountains currently closed for COVID-19 restrictions.
When is the best time of year to schedule a field trip?
Sea Turtle, Inc. can accommodate groups year round.
Can the students eat lunch at Sea Turtle, Inc.?
Sea Turtle, Inc does not have have a lunch facility or designated eating area.
There are several public parks on South Padre Island where your students can picnic and play before or after their scheduled field trip.
Why aren't the students allowed to touch the sea turtles?
Sea turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act. You must have a federal permit to handle any endangered species.
The sea turtles at Sea Turtle, Inc. are patients being treated in our hospital. It is stressful for the animal and it can spread disease from turtle to turtle.
Our biggest concern is visitor safety. For everyone’s safety, we ask that you keep your hands away from the sea turtles and water.