Welcome to the 6th Annual Titusville Sea Turtle Festival!
This year's event will take place over 2 days! June 10th is our Friday Nite Live Street Party from 6-9pm: Educational Turtle Talk from 5:30-6pm located at The Painted Turtle (217 S. Hopkins Ave., Downtown), Live music, Canaveral National Seashore will have some fun learning activities for the family, food trucks, etc.
June 10 & 11, 2016
Saturday the party continues Downtown, but first Beach Clean up at Playalinda Beach from 8:30-11am, then come cool off Downtown from 11am- 2pm. Vendors will be set up outside, Downtown Art Gallery will host their annual Sea Turtle Children's Art Contest and Award Ceremony (Details), Hotpoint will have a Fashion Preview of their new Playalinda Beach shirts, and other Downtown Merchants will have specials just for you and your family!
Canaveral National Seashore started a program in the 1980's that involved the conservation of the nesting sea turtles on the seashore, as well as educating the public on the importance of these endangered and threatened species. The seashore offers a safe place for the female sea turtles to come up and nest on the beach.
One of the conservation efforts has been to screen every single nest. This basically means that every nest on the beach gets a screen over the nest and this helps prevent predators from digging into the nest, and stealing the eggs. Every one hundredth nest is monitored and studied by our biologists. Since the 1980's Canaveral National Seashores conservation efforts has a 90% success rate.
An important part of the seashore conservation efforts has been the education of the public. Every June and July guests come to the Sea Turtle Watch Program, not only do guests get to watch a loggerhead sea turtle lay her eggs, they also get to learn about the importance of the sea turtles to our environment, and learn how they can help this species survive.
The Titusville Sea Turtle Festival allows the City of Titusville, as well as Canaveral National Seashore to become partners in an effort to bring more awareness of the long standing conservation issues on sea turtles. Not only does the seashore host over 4000 nests a year, the connecting lagoon systems also provide a safe habitat for green and loggerhead sea turtles.