CEO CHATTER WITH JACK LIGHTON

Jack Lighton
Dear Friends of LMC:

Hello from Juno Beach – where we are thrilled to report a record-breaking sea turtle nesting season on our local beaches. 2016 has seen the highest loggerhead nesting counts on record. Sea turtle nesting season is far from over; it doesn’t officially end here in Palm Beach County until October 31. For an up-to-date count of our sea turtle nests on the beach, please click here.

The 9.5-mile beach that LMC continues to monitor (the very same beaches our founder Mrs. Eleanor Fletcher monitored) are among the most important sea turtle nesting beaches on our planet. One of LMC’s primary missions is to educate and inspire our guests to get involved in sea turtle and ocean conservation. I am proud to announce the launch of our beach programs beginning in August, which allow our guests to become more involved and educated in the activities LMC conducts on our beaches. A new beach program for 2016 is our Biologist Beach Walk, which will allow our guests to join LMC’s research staff for a private beach walk (permitted by FWC) which may include a live nest excavation. Guests can create their own sea turtle nest “data sheet” as a take-home souvenir of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Registration is now open for our beach program. Space will fill quickly, so please sign up now if you are interested.

LMC’s educational and scientific portfolio continues to grow. It is our team of supporters, staff, volunteers and collaborators who empower us to increase our conservation and educational impact here at home and increasingly around the globe. We continue to receive extremely kind support, and I would like to recognize two organizations who have helped to power our mission. Jupiter’s fantastic El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center’s generous summer campers set up a lemonade stand to collect funds that they kindly donated to LMC. To say we were humbled is an understatement. We absolutely adore our community and thank our friends at El Sol. I would also like to recognize the very generous team at Tommy Bahama in Jupiter’s Harbourside. This amazing organization has helped us clean up the Juno Beach Pier, thrown a beautiful lunch for our volunteers, catered several of our Beach Bash Happy Hour Beach Clean-ups, and hosted a recent shop-dine-and-share to benefit Loggerhead at their beautiful restaurant and retail boutique. We are honored to be a part of such a generous community and are extremely thankful to have such generous support.

We hope to see you on campus or at the Juno Beach Pier soon. On behalf of our entire team, our wonderful volunteers, our guests and our magnificent sea turtle patients, I thank you for your continued enthusiasm in our mission.

With Gratitude,

Jack E. Lighton
President & CEO

 


Go Blue Awards Nominations

Photo courtesy of LILA PHOTO

Loggerhead Marinelife Center is accepting nominations for the 2016 Go Blue Awards, a premier ocean conservation awards ceremony in Florida that annually awards four individuals and one business that have promoted, implemented or contributed to a “blue” lifestyle of ocean conservation. Nominations can be made beginning July 15 and end on Aug. 26. Finalists will be announced at the Blue Friends Society social at PGA National Resort & Spa on September 22. Best of all, nominations are open nationwide! To nominate a person or business, visit www.marinelife.org/bluefriends.

 


ANNUAL FUND

The time is now. Our oceans and sea turtles desperately need your help. With your support, year-to-date we have:

  • Removed 1.848 lbs. of marine debris through the Responsible Pier Initiative
  • Documented 27,453 sea turtle nests and false crawls on local beaches
  • Responded to 21 sea turtle strandings and treated 31 “patients” in our hospital
  • Taught 5,806 students from Palm Beach County schools

No amount is too small, please consider making a gift.


What’s New?

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Summer programming has kicked off at LMC!

Summer brings our favorite time of year – peak nesting season! We are excited for what is becoming a very busy year, and we have developed three programs to share that excitement with you: Turtle Walks, Hatchling Releases and Biologist Beach Walks. Join us on one (or all!) of our summer beach programs to bring you and your family closer to the nesting action on our very own beaches.

For the night owl: Our Turtle Walk program is a unique opportunity that allows visitors to learn about and observe the sea turtle nesting and egg-laying process. Experienced Loggerhead Marinelife Center scouts will patrol our designated section of Juno Beach searching for sea turtles while visitors enjoy an informative presentation on the plight of sea turtles and take an exclusive, behind-the-gate tour to meet our current sea turtle patients. Once a loggerhead sea turtle is found and begins her egg-laying process, the group is led down to the beach to witness this unforgettable process. Register now to participate in this unique experience!

For the early riser: With special permission from Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, an LMC staff member will lead guests on an ecological walk on the beach to identify sea turtle tracks and demonstrate how a sea turtle nest is excavated for data collection. Guests will learn about the different sea turtle species, the tricks of identifying tracks and may get to see sea turtle hatchlings emerge from the nest! Biologist Beach Walks are offered every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday through August and September, and registration is online only. Register beginning July 1 to enjoy this unique experience!

For the hatchling lover: The Hatchling Release program enables guests to witness newly hatched sea turtles take their first crawl back to sea. During the program, guests will enjoy an evening tour of our Turtle Yard to see current hatchlings undergoing rehabilitation, learn about hatchling strengths and challenges and join permitted LMC staff members in releasing the most recent hatchlings found by our trained and permitted research staff back to sea. Register beginning July 1 to participate in this unique experience!


SAVE-THE-DATE: Marinelife Day

& #LMCFASHBASH

Marinelife Day at The Gardens Mall

Join LMC at The Gardens Mall for Marinelife Day 2016 on Saturday, August 20th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.! There will be hands-on children’s labs, crafts, shows and activities highlighting the conservation, rehabilitation and research carried out at Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Join in on the fun with Vet for a Day, Living Beaches, Conservation Corner, Hatchling Tales and much more! Wait, the fun doesn’t stop there! At Marinelife Day you can contribute to Ocean Conservation and Sea Turtle Rehabilitation through two ways:

  •  Please show your receipts at the Information Desk, mention Loggerhead and LMC will receive 5% of the day’s total logged receipts.
  • Be sure to shop at one or more of the stores that are participating in our “Shop & Share” – these stores will contribute directly to Loggerhead a percentage of sales in recognition of Marinelife Day. Thank you to Lily Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines, Tommy Bahama, and J. McLaughlin for participating in our “Shop & Share.”

 

Marinelife Day is an important piece of our fundraising efforts – each donation enables us to educate visitors of all ages, promote ocean conservation and save our endangered sea turtle patients.

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#LMCFashBash – A Night Powered by Champagne and Instagram

Join us on Thursday, August 25th from 6 to 8 p.m. for the Third Annual #LMCFashBash to benefit Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Dress to impress and mingle with local personalities at a fashion-fueled social event featuring this season’s latest looks available at The Gardens Mall. #LMCFashBash is the place to #SeeAndBeSeen. The #BestDressed male and female guests will receive a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne. Throughout the event, guests will have the opportunity to win luxury prizes through a #SeeAndBeSeen Luxury Raffle.

Tickets are $50 for general admission, which includes open bar and dinner-by-the-bite and $100 for VIP admission, which includes open bar, dinner-by-the-bite, a VIP gift bag and access to the VIP area and after-party. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities or general information, please contact Veronica Clinton at (561) 627-8280, ext. 103 or visit www.marinelife.org/lmcfashbash.

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SAVE-THE-DATE: SWIM ECO-TOUR PROGRAM

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If you think back to your last visit to Loggerhead Marinelife Center, you’ll recall seeing our dedicated staff and volunteers in constant action: transporting sea turtles to and from treatments in our hospital, conducting swim tests on newly arrived hatchlings, observing behavior of recovering patients and conducting critical research – all on one of the busiest sea turtle nesting beaches in the world. Now you can be a part of the action with the Serving the World’s Imperiled Marine life (SWIM) program, which aims to help other conservation-minded organizations with central projects to aid in local and global conservation efforts.

SWIM – Padre Ramos, Nicaragua – Eastern Pacific Sea Turtle Monitoring and Conservation

Travel with us to Estero Padre Ramos Natural Reserve in Nicaragua in our final 2016 SWIM destination eco-tour program from September 24 to October 2. During this SWIM program, you will assist with in-water turtle monitoring, monitoring sea turtle hatcheries, mangrove reforestation, community based tourism and educational activities in one of the most ecologically-important natural areas for sea turtles in Nicaragua.

Interested in signing up? For more information on how to get involved and to book your SWIM program, contact Hannah at hcampbell@marinelife.org.


Conservation Internship

LMC’s conservation department is currently accepting college level interns to assist with the center’s conservation initiatives and duties. Students interested in this program will be working under the conservation department and assisting in various projects, including but not limited to:

•    Conducting surveys with various groups including recreational boaters and anglers on local fishing piers
•    Assisting with preparation and coordination of community workshops
•    Preparing materials for conservation projects
•    Conducting outreach programs and/or information tables as appropriate for trade shows, festivals, LMC events and community events
•    Conducting children’s fishing workshops for ethical angling
•    Collecting and recording data for all conservation projects
•    Maintaining relationships with conservation partners
•    Sorting, weighing, recording and recycling or re-purposing debris collected from cleanup activities
•    Completing a final project based on career objectives (Project will be provided by LMC staff within first week of internship)
•    Collecting water quality and other environmental samples for partner organizations
•    Other duties as assigned

For more information, please e-mail Tommy Cutt at tcutt@marinelife.org


School OutreachES

School Outreaches are a great way to bring Loggerhead Marinelife Center to your classroom this school year! School Outreaches consist of a brief lesson on sea turtle ecology and conservation followed by an interactive group activity. Please contact Demi for more information at (561) 627-8280 ext. 107 or dfox@marinelife.org.

 

 

 

 


Sea Turtle Nesting Report

CM adult IMG_0281 webWe consider late June and early July to be peak nesting season on our beaches. The loggerhead sea turtles are the dominant species to nest in southeast Florida and LMC is proud to survey along one of the busiest loggerhead nesting beaches in the world. This season has been record breaking for loggerhead sea turtle nesting. To date, our biologists have recorded 13,240 loggerhead nests; by comparison, around this time last year we had recorded about 7,207 loggerhead nests. 

The leatherback nesting season typically runs from March through mid-June, with infrequent nesting into July. In 2016, we have recorded 155 leatherback nests. It is likely that many of the leatherback turtles have already left Florida and are headed out to their foraging grounds to recuperate from their nesting season.

Green turtle nesting is just getting started and we are recording new green sea turtle nesting activity almost every night. So far, we have recorded 289 green turtle nests, which is comparable to numbers recorded two years ago at this same time. Green turtles typically nest in alternating high and low nesting years, so we were anticipating this year to be a lower season due to the record year we had last year. The green turtle nesting season typically runs from May – September.

If you have been out on the beach lately and are wondering why there are wooden stakes on the beach, here is a quick explanation from our researchers: Our biologists record all sea turtles crawls (nests and non-nesting emergences) along our survey area. A percentage of the nests are marked with wood stakes and monitored during incubation. These marked nests are later evaluated for reproductive success (the number of hatchlings produced). LMC biologists only mark and evaluate a percentage of the sea turtle nests due to the high density of nesting found on our beaches. So far this season, our team has marked 756 sea turtle nests. Each marked nest is checked on a daily basis by the surveyors for signs of hatchling emergence, erosion, tampering or predation events. Once an emergence is observed or an incubation period of 70-80 days has occurred, the nest is excavated and evaluated. We use the reproductive success data from the marked nests to evaluate the beach as a whole. The marked nest excavation data allows our biologists to calculate the estimated number of hatchlings produced along our 9.5 miles of beach each season as well as a number of other parameters.


Balloon Ban

Balloons are often released intentionally or accidentally and end up polluting the beaches and the ocean. The deflated balloons resemble jellies, a common prey item for sea turtles. Plastic ingestion is an issue we commonly see at Loggerhead Marinelife Center and we are working toward conservation solutions.

In April this year, Loggerhead Marinelife Center partnered with Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation to prohibit the use of balloons for a one-year trial period in Loggerhead Park, located directly behind the center. We received an overwhelming amount of positive public support, so we decided to expand our efforts.

LMC staff members have begun partnering with cities and towns across approximately 130 miles of Southeast Florida’s coastline – some of the most densely utilized sea turtle nesting habitat in the world. We are working together to implement a wide-spread ban on balloons and have already received a commitment from several municipalities. A complete list of partnerships will be published in the upcoming weeks.

 


Boat Strikes ON THE RISE

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Loggerhead Marinelife Center would like to remind everyone that we are in sea turtle nesting season. Not only do we need to watch out for sea turtle nests, hatchlings and nesting females on the beach, we must also watch out for nesting females in the water. The rehabilitation staff members have responded to an unusually high number of stranding calls for adult sea turtles that have been hit by boats. Balboa, one of our current patients, arrived at the center with boat propeller injuries on its head and carapace. Balboa is only one of the several sea turtles that our rehabilitation staff has seen with boat strike injuries. Please be careful while boating and obey all speed zones. If you would like to learn more about boater safety, please check out our Safe Boater Initiative.


Responsible Boating Tips


We are at the peak of sea turtle nesting season here in Palm Beach County. Sea turtles are spending more time close to shore and at the water’s surface in between nesting intervals, which makes them more susceptible to boat strikes. Please use caution while boating this nesting season. We encourage everyone to help spread these conservation tips:

  • Abide by speed restrictions
  • Check your surrounding area before starting any motors
  • Wear polarized sunglasses to spot animals beneath the surface
  • Never feed, chase or touch sea turtles
  • If you spot an injured turtle, call FWC at 888-404-3922.

PIER FISHING PROGRAM

Do you know an aspiring young angler?  Join us for a Kid’s Fishing Program at the Juno Beach Pier! Programs will be held on July 23, August 7, and August 27 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.  Participants will learn basic techniques including knot tying, casting, species identification and proper release protocols in addition to conservation measures such as habitat protection, sea turtle rescue, and the importance of collecting and recycling monofilament fishing line.  Participants will leave with the knowledge and experience necessary to serve as responsible anglers. The cost is $10 per angler. To reserve a spot in a fishing program, please contact Demi Fox at 561-627-8280 ext. 107 or dfox@marinelife.org. Space is limited.


Stacy Erin Myers’ Book Signing

5e6c9b23-7616-48e4-bf63-53a294572e96Loggerhead Marinelife Center will welcome author Stacy Erin Myers to its campus for a book signing of her new work, “Jairo, The Leatherback Hero” on July 27 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Myers’ new conservation-themed children’s book holds appeal for readers of all ages through its magical storytelling and rich, detailed watercolor illustrations, woven with factual science. The story was inspired by the uncertain future of endangered wildlife and their habitats, putting a bright spotlight on sea turtles that swim the world’s threatened oceans. Ms. Myers wanted an environmental expert as the story’s narrator, and she chose “Traveler”, a wise old leatherback – the largest among the world’s most endangered sea turtle species. A destined meeting of young Jairo (“Hi-Row”) and “Traveler” changes the course of their lives and, through it, helps children to understand the damage done to our oceans and its residents at mankind’s hand. Ms. Myers’ story also provides kids with a hopeful outlook and invites their participation to help protect endangered sea turtles. In Jairo, they see the difference one person, even a child, can make in the world – a world that sometimes exists in their own backyard. This is the first book in a series by Ms. Myers to educate young readers on urgent issues facing the natural world. Vivid artwork, greater page length and word count make this a book that children will grow into as they grow up, becoming an enduring literary treasure. Jairo lives in a small village within a lush, tropical cove, and it is where, “at a very young age, his Papa taught him how to swim.” Jairo’s love for the water, and a curiosity of the mysteries below it’s sparkling surface, turn into something very meaningful on one particularly bright, moonlit night. Jairo’s destiny begins to unfold as he witnesses, for the first time, “a real dinosaur of the deep,” an enormous leatherback sea turtle making her way back to the sea after laying her eggs in the cool night sand. Jairo’s Papa explains to him, with deep compassion, that the leatherback must be respected and protected “or one day soon they will all be gone.” Jairo’s quest comes to him in a dream that same night, thus setting into motion his extraordinary adventure and environmental awaking. Loggerhead Marinelife Center will also sell the book in its gift store.

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About the author:
Stacy Erin Myers wrote and illustrated her first children’s book about a soulful, yet mechanical pony ride, who wishes on a falling star to become a real pony. Since that first book was published in 2000, threading moral messages into each story has become a hallmark of Stacy’s writing. Her playful imagination and thought-provoking stories convey courage, acceptance and purpose into more than just words when she combines them with her adorable characters, all of whom, seem to have their own challenge to overcome. With her sixth book, “Jairo, The Leatherback Hero”, Stacy was inspired to focus on a very important environmental message. Stacy is a fictional author, illustrator, professional oil painter and accomplished chef residing in her native Southern California with her husband and their three rescue dogs who keep a watchful eye on her while she creates and paints!


Mascot Corner:Pack Your Bags and Let’s Travel

Greetings to all from your loveable and huggable LMC mascot, “Fletch The Explorer!”

I love to travel and explore the world looking for opportunities to save sea turtles and keep my ocean home “Clean and blue and trash-free!” On your next family vacation, I would love to travel with you here at home or around the world. Did you know that I have a bucket list? Yes, a bucket list – to visit the Great Wall of China, Disney World and of course the Great Barrier Reef, to name a few. Can you help me?

The next time you go on a family vacation, don’t leave “Fletch The Explorer” at home – take me along! It’s easy: print me out, color me if needed, cut me out and take me along. I don’t take up much space in your luggage. Then, document the family’s vacation with “Fletch The Explorer” through photos and post those photos with a short write up on Facebook.

Now what do I need to pack? Passport, sunscreen, camera, surfboard…


SUpply DonAtions

There are many ways you can help LMC’s mission to rehabilitate sick and injured sea turtles. One way is by donating commonly-used hospital items. There is a list of items that can be found at any local convenient store or by shopping online. Please check out our list on our webpage. The center is always in need of common items, however our staff and volunteers use a few less common items. Read our blog to find out how these less common items are used.

 

 

 


VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH

We would like to give a huge congratulations to LMC’s July Volunteer of the Month Barbara Savastano, sea turtle rehabilitation volunteer. Barbara Savastano started volunteering with Loggerhead Marinelife Center in 2008 and has donated over 2,600 volunteer hours to the center. Barbara volunteers twice a week with the rehabilitation team and was one of the original volunteers placed on the FWC stranding permit. Barbara is also an active Blue Friends Member, a donor, a great friend to the center and a life-time supporter of LMC’s daily achievements and long term goals. It is because of kind and loyal volunteers like Barbara that we can continue to save sea turtles! We thank Barbara for being such a great addition to the LMC volunteer family.

Seas of Color -VENDOR SPOTLIGHT With Kelly Jane tracht

Name: Kelly Jane Tracht
Company: Tracht Artffc2fedf-16fd-4056-b6b3-b7643719755c
Location:
Jupiter, Florida (originally from Clearwater)

Dream superpower: I would wave a magic wand and clean up all the waterways around the beautiful state of Florida so that all [marine] wildlife we are so blessed to enjoy would live in a clean, happy environment like I imagine they do in my paintings. My hopes are that we can find real life solutions to these problems very soon.

How long have you been making/creating paintings? When did you get into art?
I was painting at the age of four; it just flowed out of me and still does. It was a natural gift and I am so grateful that my family recognized and nurtured it in me. They spotted my artistic ability when I was young and set up a little “studio” area for me in the Florida room of our house. In the 1990s, I ran off to the Caribbean and started painting full-time. The first time an English tourist handed me several brand new hundred dollar bills for a local scene I painted, I was hooked. I knew I would never be the same and would pursue life as a professional artist no matter what. I pinch myself everyday that I am living that dream.

What is your inspiration for your work?
I am so inspired by wild animals, color and Florida. It is the most beautiful place on earth in my opinion, and deserves to be celebrated – which is what I try to do with my art.

What other artists have inspired you?
So many, but my number-one largest influence and favorite artist is Henri Matisse. I relate to him so much and his connection with nature. I don’t think anyone has captured the innocent, colorful and light-hearted aspects of nature the way he did. I am forever in awe of him. If I get in a slump, I just go back and look at his work. It never fails to get my creative juices flowing again.

What project are you working on now?
Well, it is super top-secret but it has to do with creating an object that will allow people to enjoy many of my artworks and learn about the local color and wildlife of Florida that I love.

What is your favorite thing you’ve ever created?
This is a tough one! Because much of my formal background is in architecture and design, I’ve had my hand in many different kinds of projects. But because I’m such a fabric fanatic, I have to say I love my art pillows. Every time the fabric is transformed into one, I get a big high from seeing the finished project. It’s like magic to me and it’s such a fun way to enjoy art. Also, the pillows are made from recycled content, are cruelty-free and are 100 percent made in the USA – so they really represent what my art is all about.

What is your favorite medium to work with? What medium would you like to try but haven’t yet?
Right now, my favorite medium is watercolor, which I hope to do more of in the future. It is so fresh and spontaneous, which is what I’m after in my finished pieces. I definitely have an inner sculptor in me trying to get out, so someday I hope to pursue that in the form of larger public works projects. They’re a great way to bring awareness to what’s important about our environment in Florida.

What’s the best advice 5fa7e2e6-1c2d-4d8f-8456-843b9ae0ce03you’ve ever heard about art/creativity?
One of my favorite professors in college told me to “think on paper”, which really means don’t be afraid to fail – just get it on paper! That has served me just about everyday of my life as an artist. It’s amazing. Just get the idea, no matter how rough, on paper. I can’t tell you how many times I have flipped back through sketchbooks and gotten ideas from years ago that are still great ideas today. Sometimes it’s hard to funnel or channel the ideas when the creativity starts to roll, so remember to “think on paper.” It’s the only way for a visual artist; that’s my motto.

What do you try to communicate with your art?

Matisse called it “essentialism.” I think I would call it a “spontaneous encounter”.  Life has those fleeting moments when we are confronted with something beautiful and it just leaves a mark on you and you’ll never be the same. If you’re in Florida waters and a manatee or a tarpon swims up to you and interacts with you, you’ve now had an encounter with a being that is so different and special you will forever be changed. Or if you are on the beach and you see a turtle nesting or a nest hatching, this will impact you and connect you to something bigger than you and it will bring you such joy. These are the moments I have experienced living in Florida, and they have impacted me so I work to express them universally to others. I hope my work starts a conversation about the importance of protecting these wild things and moments which get us out of our box.

Where is your favorite place to see art?
Art is everywhere! But if you want to go for the gold, the tops for me is The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It houses a collection of Monet’s that has enchanted me for years. I could sit and stare at them for hours – and I usually do! The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach has had a few shows in the recent years showcasing Georgia O’Keeffe and I could never get tired of her amazing work. She was a true painter and used the subject of nature to communicate. I hope to visit her museum in Sante Fe soon. And don’t forget Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Coral Gables, which just had a huge Chihully exhibit. I love it when cultural institutions do shows on artists like this; I think it brings something to the table that’s missing in our current times. There are many nice museums in Florida that we like to visit in Boca Raton, Vero Beach, Tampa and Orlando to name a few. I also visit galleries that showcase representational works – which is what I like. There are some nice galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona and Laguna Beach, California. And don’t forget the amazing Florida art shows! I love to leave my booth and check out the other artists and am usually happily surprised by the quality of the work. Honestly, I will sniff out new art to look at wherever I go! There is no place too big or too small to find art, so keep your eyes open, snatch up the pieces you love and enjoy the bounty!


Manatee Lagoon

Sea Cows and Sea Turtles Unite!

Last February, Florida Power and Light opened Manatee Lagoon, an eco-discovery center that educates guests about the Florida manatee, easily seen in the wintertime just outside of the center. As a proud partner of the facility, LMC was selected to manage the gift store and café. With a multi-functional educational center, a manatee webcam, two levels of observation areas and so much more, LMC is grateful to partner with Manatee Lagoon, and is excited to watch the center grow as a world-class educational facility in Palm Beach County.o

The sea turtle and manatee (also known as the sea cow) have more in common than first meets the eye. The sea turtle and the manatee both need clean water and healthy sea grass, and rely on responsible boaters to help ensure their well-being. Together, we can continue to raise awareness about the sea turtle and the manatee, and help inspire our neighbors, friends and family to be leaders of ocean conservation.

Hours of operation:
Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday Afternoon Lecture Series
Want to enhance your weekend? Why not join us at Manatee Lagoon for a fun and informative free lecture series every Sunday afternoon from now until July 31! Guests will enjoy a presentation from a variety of scientists about a marine animal, view rare photography and videography, and observe field work conducted by one of our Manatee Masters.

  • Time: 2-3 p.m. with Q&A afterward

Ongoing events

Manatee Tales Children’s Story Hour
Children ages 3-8 will have an ocean of fun learning about the manatee from one of the center’s Manatee Master Story Tellers and enjoy hands-on crafts.

  • Date/Time: Every Thursday through July 28 at 10:30 a.m.
    Cost: FREE

Artful Learning Classes
Learn about the wonders of Lake Worth Lagoon and artistic techniques with local artist and Florida Atlantic University Manatee Master, Hannah Cooper. Must be 18 or older.

  • Date: Every Friday through July 31 at 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $30 per person

Artful Learning Classes for Kids
Kids ages 6-12 will enjoy this hands-on art class while learning about the Lake Worth Lagoon habitat.

  • Date/Time: Every Saturday through July 31at 1 p.m.
  • Cost: $15/child

Mindful Moments Yoga
Enjoy a one-hour sunrise or sunset yoga class led by yoga instructor Yvonne Gross. Must be 21 or older. Advanced registration required.

  • Sunrise Classes: Tuesdays at 6:45 a.m.
    Sunset Classes: Thursdays at 5:45 p.m.
    Cost: $5

Tours and Talks
Choose a walking tour about the manatee or the history and ecology of Lake Worth Lagoon.

  • Much Ado About Manatees: Every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Lake Worth Lagoon: A Natural Treasure in Our Backyard: Every Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE

SUSTainable Shopping

We recently started a Campus Sustainability Initiative at LMC to reduce waste and the use of one time use drink bottles. Keeping in line with the initiative, we invite you to come in and check out our environmentally-friendly reusable beverage containers. We have a variety of containers from children’s sippy cups to stainless steel travel mugs. Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles, but only recycled 38. You can also shop online. Happy re-using!

 


THANK YOU, OUR AMAZING SUPPORTERS

  • Special thanks to El Sol’s Sunshine Summer Camp, who ran a lemonade stand and donated $75 to LMC to adopt Treble. Thank you for braving the summer heat to help Treble and all of the other turtles! 4d647298-f137-4090-adff-66e574e32cb3
  • Thanks to Curate Clothes & Accessories for raising $300 for LMC through their shop-and-share event. We’re so lucky to have the support of businesses in our community like Curate!
  • Thank you to Tommy Bahama of Harbourside Place for their generosity in supporting LMC through the following events in July: the Beach Bash Happy Hour Clean-up, the month’s VIP Turtle Walks and Aloha Friday.
  • Special thanks to Girl Scout Troop #20477, who donated $100 to Loggerhead and sent us some great turtle artwork. Thanks for showing your support for LMC! Girl Scout Troop Picture (1)