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World Sea Turtle Day Celebration

  • When: Sunday, June 21, 2020,  1:00 pm -  4:00 pm
  • Location: Florida Museum of Natural History, 3215 Hull Road Gainesville, FL 32611
  • Cost: free

Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day and Father's Day by stepping into the flippers of a loggerhead turtle with Project S.H.E.L.L.! Join us on Sunday, June 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. for this FREE virtual reality simulation, which allows guests to immerse themselves in the daily life of a loggerhead as it hatches and grows to become a nesting adult.

During the activity, participants assume the perspective of a newly hatched baby turtle with the goal of finding the ocean while avoiding hazards like light pollution. Upon reaching the water, users will fast-forward to become full-grown adults returning to the beach to nest. Participants will swim through the virtual waters, avoiding hazards like boat strikes and marine debris, in an effort to return to shore. Once on the sand, they will have limited time to find a suitable nest for laying eggs before it is too late! Contenders can compete against other users for the highest score!