FIELD TRIPS

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?

Your field trip will begin with a 15-minute interactive turtle presentation with one of our educators in our outdoor amphitheater.  Following the presentation, each group will be assigned an educator that will accompany them throughout the remainder of the field trip.  Each group will then rotate through stations set up throughout the facility and receive a brief educational component as well as getting to experience the facility itself. At the conclusion of the field trip, we will reconvene in the amphitheater and then dismiss your group.

We offer presentations in both English and Spanish (Please specify if you need a Spanish presentation).

When Can I Schedule a Field Trip?

Sea Turtle, Inc. books school groups on a first come first serve basis. Times will vary depending upon the time of year. Field trips are scheduled for 90-minute time blocks.

Be sure to make your appointment in advance. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Field Trips

How much does it cost to bring my students?

The cost to bring a field trip to Sea Turtle, Inc. is $7 per student and adult. For every 10 students, you will receive one free adult. Any accompanying parent chaperones that the school does not pay for will be subject to general admission prices.

How many students can attend a field trip?

Our facility can handle a maximum of 200 students. Sea Turtle. Inc. will try to accommodate larger groups when possible. We may schedule your group over multiple days if that is the case.

Does your facility have restrooms?

Yes! Our Education Center has public restrooms and water fountains. 

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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.

How do I book a Field Trip?

To see if your party qualifies as a group and/or to book a field trip, contact the Education Department at education@seaturtleinc.org

Phone: (956) 761-4511 x3

Can our students visit the giftshop?

The gift shop will be available to students during one of their rotations.  However, we are currently only accepting credit/debit cards.  We will allow students to use cash but will be unable to give any change.  That means that if a student’s total is $18.00 and they pay with a $20 bill, the remaining $2 will be considered a donation to Sea Turtle, Inc. 

We kindly request that you discuss this with your students and parents beforehand and ensure that everyone is aware of this currency policy.

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