Adopt-a-Programs

This is the perfect way to be directly involved with our Sea Turtle Protection Program.  You can receive exclusive information about a specific sea turtle, be recognized as adoptee on the nest, and be invited inside of the ropes for its excavation. We'd love to have you help us with our beloved sea turtles.  

To adopt a nest, mother, or legacy, click here or call us 910-457-0089.  
You can also symbolically adopt a species. Click here for more information!

Due to a lower number of nests this year, all Adopt-A's will now be for the 2018 season
Due to natural fluctuations in turtle nesting activity, some years experience fewer nests or moms than adoptees.  If you do not receive a nest, it will be rolled over to the following summer.  If you would like this for a Christmas present, please order by December 15th.


Adopt-a-Nest - $150

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

  • Sign with adoptive parent's name will be placed on the cage
  • Adoption certificate detailing the location of the nest, date laid, and expected hatch date
  • A birth announcement once their nest hatches detailing the hatch date and success of their nest
  • An invitation to the nest excavation
  • An 8" plush turtle
Adopt-a-Nest

Adopt-a-Mom

Adopt-a-Mom - $500

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 who typically lays multiple nests throughout the summer. As an adoptive parent, you will receive:

  • Sign with adoptive parent's name will be placed on the cage
  • An initial certificate with basic loggerhead turtle info, tag #’s & carapace measurements of their turtle
  • Adoption certificate for each nest the mother lays detailing the location, date laid, and expected hatch date
  • 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

Adopt-a-Legacy - $4000/5000

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 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 (carapace measurements, etc)
  • 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:
    • $4000 - 6" Copper Turtle
    • $5000 - 8-10" Copper Turtle
Loggerhead