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.

Please note that in order for your Adopt-a package to arrive in time for the winter holidays, it must be purchased by December 15th, 2021.


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:

  • A personalized adoption certificate
  • A sea turtle hatchling info card and a photo of a hatchling from Bald Head Island
  • An 8" plush turtle
  • An email once your hatchling goes to the ocean

Adopt-a-Nest - $125

By adopting a nest, you get the chance to be part of our sea turtle protection program! As an adopt-a-nest parent, you will receive:

  • A personalized adoption certificate
  • A personalized acknowledgement letter   
  • A loggerhead species info card
  • An 8" plush turtle
  • Towards the end of the year, you’ll receive an email from our Sea Turtle Program Coordinator with an executive report that summarizes the sea turtle season
Please note that this adopt-a-nest level will not include nest location information, nor will it include information about the sea turtle that laid the eggs.
Adopt-a-Nest

Adopt-a-Nest Experience

Adopt-a-Nest Experience - $200

With the Adopt-a-Nest Experience, you get the chance to be inside the ropes for the nest excavation and potentially watch hatchlings make it to sea! As an Adopt-a-Nest Experience parent, you will receive:

  • A personalized adoption certificate
  • A personalized acknowledgement letter   
  • A loggerhead species info card
  • A red flashlight
  • An 8" plush turtle
  • An email once your assigned nest is laid
  • A sign with the adoptive parent's name placed on the cage of the nest
  • An invitation to the nest excavation (sent via email)
* 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-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 personalized adoption certificate
  • A personalized acknowledgement letter
  • A 12" plush turtle
  • Email notifications each time your adopted mom lays a nest
  • A sign with the adoptive parent's name placed on the cage of the nest
  • 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
* 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. If you’re interested in Adopting-a-Legacy, please contact our Director of Development, Melissa Blackmon, at melissa@bhic.org

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 letter detailing the known history of this turtle (when she was tagged, tag info, & how many years she has been documented nesting on BHI) 
  • Be notified every year that their turtle returns to nest on BHI and receive 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.
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