You are invited to this FREE, FUN, and FESTIVE family event that will celebrate decades of Kemp's ridley sea turtle conservation efforts and 100 years of the National Park Service!
WHAT: Centennial Sea Turtle Celebration and Junior Ranger Day 2016
WHEN: Saturday, July 9th- 6:30 am - 1:00 pm IF there's a hatchling sea turtle release! If there's not a release, the event will begin at 8:30 am and go until 1:00 pm.
WHERE: Malaquite Visitor Center at Padre Island National Seashore, located about 30 minutes southeast of Corpus Christi, TX
-Opening remarks by Dr. Donna Shaver, Chief of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Division at 8:30 AM, and a presentation by Dr. Thane Wibbels, Professor of Biology at University of Alabama- Birmingham at 9:15 am (full presentation schedule below)
-Educational and interactive sea-turtle themed booths facilitated by Texas Parks and Wildlife, South Texas Botanical Gardens, Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, the Marine Science Institute, and more
-Stations with representatives from our Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Division
-Junior Rangers swear-ins and special Centennial sea turtle-edition badge
-A special "Find Your Park" section with rangers representing some of the other national parks of Texas, including Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, Big Thicket National Preserve, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Amistad National Recreation Area, and Fort Davis National Historic Site
-Turtle sand sculpting lessons with Mark Landrum at Malaquite Beach, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
-Western National Parks Association tent and display
-Hidden Treasures aquatic program- collect, learn about, and discover some creatures in the surf that sea turtles eat
-Special beach program at 10:00 am
-Sea turtle watercolor painting and crafts
-Sea turtle-themed face painting
8:30 - 9:00 am: Speaker (Dr. Donna Shaver, Chief of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Division)
9:15 - 9:45 am: Speaker (Dr. Thane Wibbels, Professor of Biology at University of Alabama- Birmingham)
9:50 am: Junior Ranger Swearing-In
10:30 am: Junior Ranger Swearing-In
10:45 - 11:15 am: Presentation by Cynthia Rubio honoring volunteers with the sea turtle program at Padre Island National Seashore
11:30 am: Junior Ranger Swearing-In
12:30 pm: Junior Ranger Swearing-In
12:45 pm: Closing words by Superintendent Mark Spier and Chief of Interpretation Patrick Gamman
Be sure to bring water, food, and sunscreen for your friends and family!
We hope you and your family can join us- we have a lot to celebrate!