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Barrier Island Center, Brevard County EEL Program

Barrier Island Sanctuary Educational Opportunities & Resources

Looking for a fun, educational field trip that lets your group experience the wonders of Brevard’s barrier island ecosystem first hand? With access to ocean, lagoon and everything in between, the Barrier Island Center is the place to be, and best of all it’s free! To schedule a trip your students will remember lease complete our study trip request form.

Teach in a Title 1 elementary school in Brevard County? If so, we have a limited amount of funding available for school bus reimbursement for our Sea Turtle Academy Program from the Sea Turtle Grants Program. The Sea Turtle Grants Program is funded from proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate. Learn more at 

Sea Turtle Grant Educational Programs


Teach About Sea Turtles!  Educational Materials For Teachers...


Join us on a Guided Sea Turtle Walk!

Guided Sea Turtle Walks with Brevard County EEL ProgramDuring June and July the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program through it's partner the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) has a limited number of spaces for the public to join us on a guided sea turtle walk from the Barrier Island Center. Through this program, the EEL Program and STC hopes that the experience of a guided sea turtle walk will help inspire future naturalists and sea turtle advocates. Florida's beaches, especially along the east central coast in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, provide nesting habitat for more nesting loggerhead turtles than any place in the Western Hemisphere and more endangered green turtles than any place in North America. In addition, endangered leatherback sea turtles nest in the Carr Refuge. 

Walks are conducted by both STC and the US Fish and Wildlife Service Monday through Friday nights June and July 2017. Space is limited to 20 people per night. Cost is $15 per person, paid in advance, to reserve your space. 

If you are interested, you can reserve your space online starting May 1 at
Additional details will be provided once you have made a reservation.

 Be an Eco-Explorer!

Sea Turtle Conservancy in partnership with Brevard County’s Environmentally Endangered Lands Program at the Barrier Island Center, located in the heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in south Melbourne Beach, Florida, is proud to announce the 8th annual Eco-Explorer’s “Ocean Motion and Much More!” summer camps for children ages 9 to 15. One week aquatic adventure day camps will be offered in June.

Campers, their family and friends receive preferred reservations to join Sea Turtle Conservancy on a guided sea turtle walk any weekday evening in June or July! Camper walks are complimentary and additional walkers are $15 each. 

See the Eco-Explorers flyer for more camp details.  

To enroll, print the Eco-Explorers enrollment kit, fill out forms, sign and fax to 321-952-3207 or visit the Barrier Island Center to pick-up an enrollment kit. 

Be sure to number the camp weeks you would like in order of preference and fill in your preferred turtle walk reservation date and walkers (highlighted in green). 

After faxing forms call 321-723-3556 to make payment by credit card or visit the Barrier Island Center to make payment by credit card or cash. 

Camp enrollment and turtle walk reservations will be secured once payment is received. 

Please do not delay as camps and turtle walks are limited and fill quickly! 

Upon completion of enrollment, the “Itinerary and Survival List”, “Mission, Safety & Behavior Management” and “Meet Your Eco-Guides ” details for camp will be emailed or available at the Barrier Island Center.

Form more information please contact:
Donna Lee Crawford
Community Stewardship Coordinator
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Barrier Island Center
8385 S. Hwy A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
Phone: 321-723-3556

Land Manager: Ray Mojica
Phone: 321-723-3556
Fax: 321-952-3207

8385 S Hwy A1A
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Center Hours
Tuesday through Sunday:
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Closed Monday 

Trail Hours
October through April:
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

May through September:
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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