Sunrise Turtle Walks 2023

By Old account - Jekyll Island Authority (other events)

18 Dates Through Sep 10, 2023

Join the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on a Sunrise Turtle Walk to explore the wonders of Jekyll Island's beach ecology. Your guide will introduce you to the basics of sea turtle nesting and hatching, the ecological history of Jekyll, and any wildlife you come across. One of the potential activities could be the opportunity to witness an excavation of a recently hatched sea turtle nest. Program participants must provide their own transportation from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to the beach access point. Group size is limited to 20 people per walk by DNR permit restrictions.  

If you have any specific needs to participate, please contact us at least one week ahead of your reservation by emailing our Reservations Department at [email protected].


Participants should arrive at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center main parking lot at 6:50 AM for check-in and and introduction with your guides (please bring your electronic or hard-copy receipt).


This program lasts up to 1.5 hours and can include walking two miles down the beach. This program may also include standing for up to 45 minutes.


Participants must be at least 10 years old.  All participants aged 10-15 years old are required to be accompanied by an adult (18+) on the walk.


Due to insects and the potential for intense sun, we recommended bringing comfortable clothing, including a short-sleeved shirt, light jacket/rain jacket, shorts, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and closed-toed shoes.


  • Water (at least 2 liters)
  • Hat
  • Sun protection 
  • Bug spray 

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

  • Unauthorized handling or harassment of sea turtles
  • Flash photography
  • Flash videography


The Georgia Sea Turtle Center does not guarantee that guests will observe a sea turtle nesting, a nest inventory, or sea turtle hatchlings 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 a sea turtle). Non-compliance will result in the termination of the program with no refund.


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.

Sunrise Walks are not suitable for children under 10 years of age. Children must be able to walk long distances and withstand extreme heat. All minors 10-15 years old are required to be accompanied by an adult (18+) on the tour. All participants must be able to walk at least 2 miles and tolerate hot, humid, buggy and windy conditions. 

Prohibited Items/Actions:

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Flash Photography 
  • Flash Videography

Mailing Address

100 Stable Rd Jekyll Island, GA 31527