The Georgia Sea Turtle Center officially opened June 2007 in Jekyll Island, Ga.’s National Historic Landmark District on the site of the original 1903 Power Plant building, much of which has been preserved and incorporated into the new facilities. The ambitious, $3 million center – offering an outstanding museum-style learning experience and a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center and veterinary clinic, is the first of its kind in Georgia and is the world’s leading sea turtle rehabilitation, research and education facility.
Why is a Sea Turtle Center Needed in Georgia?
Stranded sea turtles are often found along Atlantic coast beaches. A small, but increasing number of these turtles are still alive. Before, there were no facilities in Georgia to treat the turtles, and they had to be transported long distances to centers in Florida and South Carolina. Unfortunately, these facilities were often filled to capacity, and the turtles were not treated adequately and/or prematurely released.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island is open to the public for tours:
April 09-Nov 09: Monday from 10am-2pm; Tuesday through Sunday from 9am-5pm Dec 09-Feb 10: Tuesday through Sunday from 9am-5pm