TurtleFest 2019: Celebrating Oceans of Opportunity is almost here!

Free, ocean-inspired festival will welcome over 10,000 guests to Loggerhead Park on March 23

Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is excited to welcome guests of all ages to TurtleFest 2019: Celebrating Oceans of Opportunity on Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This FREE-admission ocean conservation festival will take place in Loggerhead Park (14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408), and all are invited!

For the past 16 years, LMC’s TurtleFest has been a staple of Juno Beach, continuing to wow and educate a crowd of over 10,000 guests in a single day, all with the goal of informing future generations about the importance of ocean and marine life conservation. As the Center has grown over the years, so has this family-friendly event.

From live local music to fun ocean conservation activities, to delicious food, craft beer, specialty drinks, sea turtles and more, TurtleFest is Palm Beach County’s largest ocean conservation festival.

“TurtleFest offers a fun, free way for the entire family to get involved in LMC’s mission of ocean and sea turtle conservation and education,” said Jack E. Lighton, LMC President & CEO. “From great live music, refreshing sea-side libations, and up-close interactions in our sea turtle hospital, we look forward to welcoming our community to celebrate the important work carried out by our passionate team of staff, volunteers and supporters.”

This year, talented musicians Spred The Dub, Making Faces, Fireside Prophets, The Andrew Morris Band, and more, along with performances by local school groups will take the stage while guests enjoy up-close encounters with threatened and endangered sea turtles. In between sets, guests can shop ‘til they drop at Vendor Row, enjoy various educational activities, art, activities for kids, visit LMC’s Outdoor Sea Turtle Hospital, and more.

“We will have opportunities for everyone to take part in conserving our oceans, all while having fun and promoting a genuine connection to the environment in the community,” said Hannah Campbell, director of education at LMC.

Guests can also pledge to reduce their water use or pledge to use only reusable drinkware at the Act area. Tag LMC at the festival using #PlasticFreeWithLMC and #TurtleFest2019, and you will be entered to win a Zero Waste prize pack.

Parking for TurtleFest 2019 is kindly provided by FPL, with shuttle buses running continuously all day. Parking signs will direct guests to FPL’s Juno Beach headquarters on U.S. Highway 1 in Juno Beach. As the festival is hosted outdoors, be sure you are ready for everything Mother Nature may have in store for us.

Presenting Sponsors for this year’s event include FPL, Jupiter Medical Center, Tire Kingdom, 4ocean and G4S Secure Solutions.

For more information about TurtleFest 2019: Celebrating Oceans of Opportunity, visit marinelife.org/turtlefest.

Interested in Volunteering? Those who would like to be a TurtleFest volunteer in a variety of capacities can fill out an online application at marinelife.org/turtlefest or email Sera Brown, volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@marinelife.org.  

Sponsorship Opportunities: For TurtleFest sponsorship opportunities, contact Tracy Gulick, director of development, at tgulick@marinelife.org.

Are you a member of the media? Members of the media interested in covering TurtleFest 2019 should contact Carla B. Mroz, public relations and communications manager, at cmroz@marinelife.org or (561) 627-8280, ext. 124, to request a media parking pass and arrange for interviews.


About Loggerhead Marinelife Center:

Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is a nonprofit sea turtle research, rehabilitation and educational institution that promotes conservation of ocean ecosystems with a focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The Center features an on-site hospital, research laboratory, educational exhibits and aquariums, and also operates the Juno Beach Pier, which hosts world-class angling and sightseeing. Situated on one of the world’s most important sea turtle nesting beaches, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is open daily and hosts over 350,000 guests free-of-charge each year. The Center’s conservation team works with 76 local and international organizations across six continents to form partnerships and share conservation initiatives and best practices that are core to its mission of ocean conservation. The Center is expanding and has launched its Waves of Progress capital expansion campaign, designed to accelerate and amplify LMC’s conservation and education impact. When complete, the facility will offer one of the world’s most advanced and unique experiences for guests and scientific partners. For more information, visit marinelife.org or call (561) 627-8280.