Ride with Night Patrol

By Old account - Jekyll Island Authority (other events)

66 Dates Through Jul 13, 2021

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s (GSTC) Ride with Night Patrol program offers participants the unique opportunity to see what it is like to be a sea turtle field biologist for one night. The evening will be spent with our sea turtle patrol team, riding half of the beach in all-terrain vehicles and walking the other half on foot, in search of the Loggerhead Sea Turtles that nest on Jekyll Island’s beaches. If a turtle is encountered, participants will have the chance to assist our research scientists and AmeriCorps Members as we learn more about these animals, making for an truly immersive, rugged, and inspiring field experience. 

Purchase includes free general admission to the GSTC for each ticket holder. General admission can be used the day before, the day of, or the day after your scheduled ride along. 


  • Participants must arrive at Great Dunes Pavilion at 8:30 PM and plan to be picked up by 8:45 PM (please bring your receipt).


  • This program lasts up to four hours and can include 3-12 miles of walking on the beach. 


  • Participants must be at least 6 years old. All minors under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.


  • Participants must be aware that conditions on the beach can include extremely high numbers of biting insects.
  • Due to insects and highly-variable weather/temperatures, we recommended bringing comfortable layered clothing, including a short-sleeved shirt, light jacket, rain jacket, pants, and closed-toed shoes.


  • Insect repellent
  • Sea turtle patrol vests


  • Water (at least 2 liters)
  • Food (we recommend bringing a lot of snacks to eat throughout the night)

Performing the following activities during patrol is grounds for immediate dismissal with no refund:

  • Unauthorized handling or harassment of sea turtles
  • Operate the vehicles at any given time
  • Taking photos. Limited photography may be performed by our permit-holding researchers.


Although the Ride with Night Patrol program is only offered during peak nesting periods, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center does not guarantee that guests will observe a sea turtle while participating in the program. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is not responsible for any injury or complication that arises while participating in this program. Participants must comply with all instructions, including but not limited to vehicle safety and prohibited activities (e.g., touching or photographing a sea turtle). Non-compliance will result in the termination of the program with no refund.

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: (912) 635-4141



Any person entering the premises waives all civil liability against this premises owner and operator for any injuries caused by the inherent risk associated with contracting COVID-19 at public gatherings, except for gross negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, reckless infliction of harm, or intentional infliction of harm, by the individual or entity of the premises.

Ride with Night Patrol at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a limited availabiltiy opportunity. Program is not suitable for children under 6 years of age. Children must be able to walk long distances and stay up during the night. All minors under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must be able to walk at least 3 miles and up to 12 miles and tolerate hot, humid, buggy and windy conditions. 

Mailing Address

100 Stable Rd Jekyll Island, GA 31527