The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center has partnered with Destin-Fort Walton Beach to bring awareness to sea turtles and our nesting beaches by introducing a brand new, after-hours “C.A.R.E.”ing for Turtles program. The encounter, which takes place at the C.A.R.E. Center, located within Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, has been created to educate guests on the operations of the rehabilitation center and the importance of preserving endangered sea turtle species.

During the “C.A.R.E.”ing for Turtles encounter, participants learn about the center’s current patients, perform a mock turtle intake and visit a simulated nest to gain an understanding of the nesting process for sea turtles along the Gulf Coast.

The first “C.A.R.E.”ing for Turtles encounter took place on January 26th, 2022 and was a huge success. Following the announcement of the program, all 15 spaces filled within just 2 hours. Due to the popularity, Destin-Fort Walton Beach and the C.A.R.E. team are excited to announce the dates of the next three programs. These will take place on Wednesday, February 23rd, March 9th, and March 23rd, 2022.

Admission to the program is $10, with all proceeds benefitting the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center, a 501c3 organization that acts as a beacon for coastal conservation through marine animal rescue and rehabilitation, encouraging awareness with public education and opportunities for active participation.

For more information, or to reserve your space at the next “C.A.R.E.”ing for Turtles event, please visit

Donations are tax-deductible and can be made online on the C.AR.E. Center’s webpage.