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Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day at the Museum with the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research! Learn about Florida sea turtles and what we can do to protect them with a virtual reality simulation, hands-on specimens and a scavenger hunt. Step into the flippers of a loggerhead turtle with Project S.H.E.L.L., a virtual reality simulation that allows guests to immerse themselves in the daily life of a loggerhead as it hatches and grows to become a nesting adult.

Archie Carr logoDuring this free activity, participants can assume the perspective of a sea turtle when hatching and when navigating various hazards encountered during its life cycle. Users can experience multiple 360-degree videos that provide immersive glimpses of the terrestrial and aquatic habitats that are essential to sea turtle survival.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to speak with researchers from the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, the Sea Turtle Conservancy at the University of Florida, UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute and the Alachua Conservation Trust about sea turtle conservation and careers in marine biology. Take part in a sea turtle scavenger hunt among the museum’s exhibits and check out sea turtle specimens and interactive educational materials.

While the event activities are FREE, there is an admission charge for the Science Up Close: Incredible Insects and Butterfly Rainforest exhibits.


Name: Catherine Carey, Florida Museum

Phone: 352-273-2064

Email: ccarey@flmnh.ufl.edu


Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: 352-846-2000

Website: View Venue Website

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