Sea Turtle Captive Rearing Facility

The Laboratory was opened in 1958 by the NOAA, and began researching the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle and the Loggerhead sea turtle in 1978. Research includes improvements in husbandry techniques, feeding, growth, pathology, tagging, sea turtle strandings, and the treatment and rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles. Learn about the physiology and life cycle of the turtles, and the facility's efforts at the conservation and rehabilitation of these creatures. This is the only federal facility in the United States dedicated to captive rearing of sea turtles. Children must be at least 6 years old. Call early to arrange for tour.
 
Contact Info
Address: 4700 Avenue U, Galveston, Texas 77551. Tel: 409-766-3500. Website: www.galvestonlab.sefsc.noaa.gov/seaturtles. Hrs: By appointment.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: K-College. Activity Type: Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Cost: Free.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Environmental Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES: Environmental Science.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.... Continue