Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Annual Blue Friday Event
to “Give Thanks” to Environment on November 23
Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s annual Blue Friday event will provide alternative family-friendly activities to the usual Black Friday traditions, encouraging community members to lend a hand.
Set for Friday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blue Friday will include a Juno Beach Coastal Clean-up, free Public Guided Tours and free on-campus programming.
“Blue Friday offers an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the outdoors and wildlife with their loved ones and, through interactive, fun and waste-free activities, share knowledge of how to carry a mindfulness for the environment through the holiday season,” said Hannah Campbell, associate director of education at Loggerhead Marinelife Center.
The Juno Beach Coastal Cleanup will take place starting at 9 a.m. prior to the start of the Blue Friday activities. After the clean-up, guests are invited to participate in family-friendly activities at the Center.
Blue Friday Activities will include:
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
- Coastal Clean-up* at Juno Beach: Guests can #OptOutside by meeting behind LMC and participating in a clean-up of our local beach.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Responsible Wrapping: Guests can bring their LMC purchases to our Responsible Wrapping area for a post-consumer, FREE wrapping service. Items such as newspapers, paper bags, maps and other paper products will be used.
- Interactive Holiday-themed Exhibit: Guests will learn about the waste produced during the holiday season and ways to reduce their footprint through our Holiday Blue-topia pledge area.
- Kids Upcycling Crafts: Kids can join us in making upcycled holiday crafts out of post-consumer products.
Participants who cannot attend the Juno Beach Coastal Clean-up can still visit the Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and check out the activities happening on campus.
LMC will also offer select free family programming in celebration of Blue Friday, including Dr. Logger, Junior Vet Labs and tours of our Outdoor Sea Turtle Hospital. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
We didn’t forget about the shoppers, our marine-themed gift store will be stocked with holiday items and unique gifts from local vendors, sure to please anyone on your list. Sea turtle adoptions make great gifts as well.
*Beach Clean-up: Gloves, buckets and grabbers will be provided to participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are encouraged to bring their own buckets and gloves from home.
About Loggerhead Marinelife Center:
Loggerhead Marinelife Center 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.