Adopt-a-Programs

Thank you for your interest in our Sea Turtle Protection Program! As you know, the sea turtles are continuously at risk from many factors, including habitat destruction, entanglement in fishing gear, climate change and pollution. Your support of our Sea Turtle Protection Program allows us to do our part to ensure they continue to thrive on our beautiful barrier island and beyond.   

In our appreciation of your gift of adoption, you (or the recipient you choose for this wonderful gift) will receive exclusive information about a specific sea turtle, be recognized as the adoptee on the nest, and depending on which adoption option you choose, be invited inside of the ropes for an excavation.

Curious about how adoptive families are assigned to a nest, mom, or legacy turtle? Click here for a more detailed description of the process.  

09/07/21 Update: When purchasing an adopt-a, please note that adoptive families won't be assigned to a nest or mom until the 2022 Sea Turtle Season.


To adopt a legacy turtle, mother, nest, or hatchling: click here or call us 910-338-0902*


Adopt-a-Hatchling

Adopt-a-Hatchling - $50

By adopting a hatchling, you get the chance to be part of our sea turtle protection program and support sea turtle conservation. As an adopt-a-hatchling parent, you will receive:

  • An adoption certificate
  • A sea turtle hatchling information card
  • A loggerhead sea turtle photo
  • An email once your hatchling goes to the ocean
  • An 8" plush turtle

Adopt-a-Nest - $150

For only $150, you get the chance to be inside the ropes for the nest excavation and watch hatchlings make it to sea! As an adopt-a-nest parent, you will receive:

  • A sign with the adoptive parent's name placed near the cage
  • An adoption certificate 
  • A birth announcement once their nest hatches detailing the hatch date of their nest
  • An invitation to the nest excavation
  • An 8" plush turtle
* Each adoption is considered a donation. In the unfortunate event that a nest is lost due to a natural disturbance (i.e., predation or a natural disaster) there will be no refund nor the re-assignment of a new nest. The adoptive parent(s) will be invited to another nest’s excavation. Please allow the sea turtle protection team at least 2 weeks after a major natural disturbance event to provide an in-depth update on the status of the sea turtle nests.
Adopt-a-Nest

Adopt-a-Mom

Adopt-a-Mom - $500

Due to the variability in the number of nesting female sea turtles observed each season, the Conservancy will have limited numbers available to adopt each year.

By adopting a mom, you get the chance to be inside the ropes for ALL of the nest excavations laid by your adopted sea turtle mom. As an adopt-a-mom parent, you will receive:

  • A sign with the adoptive parent's name placed near the cage
  • An adoption certificate 
  • A birth announcement once each nest hatches detailing the hatch date and success of their nest
  • Two Turtle Walk Passes (reservation required)
  • An invitation to your turtle's nest excavations
  • A 12" plush turtle
* Each adoption is considered a donation. In the unfortunate event that a nest is lost due to a natural disturbance (i.e., predation or a natural disaster) there will be no refund nor the re-assignment of a new nest. The adoptive parent(s) will be invited to another nest’s excavation. Please allow the sea turtle protection team at least 2 weeks after a major natural disturbance event to provide an in-depth update on the status of the sea turtle nests.

Adopt-a-Legacy - $4000/5000 

Due to the variability in the number of nesting female sea turtles observed each season, the Conservancy will have limited numbers available to adopt each year. 

This is a wonderful way to honor a loved one or celebrate a life!  Legacy sea turtles are the moms who repeatedly nest on BHI beaches.  Through our Sea Turtle Protection Program, we monitor and tag all of the sea turtles that nest on BHI so we have over 25 years of data for you to accurately choose the right sea turtle.  You also get the rare opportunity to name the mom.

Sea Turtles are a sign of longevity - they repeatedly come back to BHI to lay their nest so you can celebrate your family or loved one for years to come as you attend nest excavations for all of the nests and help her hatchlings get to sea.  The individual/family will receive:

  • Plaque with adoptive parent's name will be placed on the cage
  • Have the opportunity to symbolically name an identified individual turtle – the turtle will have this given name forever (or as long as we document her on BHI)
  • Receive a certificate detailing the known history of this turtle (when she was tagged, tag info, & how many years she has been documented nesting on BHI) and a description 
  • Be notified every year that their turtle returns to nest on BHI and receive adoption certificates, birth announcements, and invitations to excavations for each nest
  • Copper Turtle Sculpture on BISC wall:
* Each adoption is considered a donation. In the unfortunate event that a nest is lost due to a natural disturbance (i.e., predation or a natural disaster) there will be no refund nor the re-assignment of a new nest. The adoptive parent(s) will be invited to another nest’s excavation. Please allow the sea turtle protection team at least 2 weeks after a major natural disturbance event to provide an in-depth update on the status of the sea turtle nests.
Loggerhead