CAMDEN, NJ - Sea Turtle Awareness Weekend at the Adventure Aquarium is exciting for a number of reasons! Inside Sea Turtle Cove you'll be able to meet and feed Sea Turtles; Bob, Stiches, and Old Green. You'll also be able to meet the hatchling, Koopa, before she is released back into the wild on October 17th.
Koopa is part of a nationwide hatchling rehab and release program. If a young turtle like Koopa doesn't make it out of its nest, it's rescued. By allowing the hatchling to get bigger and stronger, aquariums like Adventure Aquarium help the turtles survive.
Koopa arrived at Adventure Aquarium in 2015 after being rescued by the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, who – in partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) – aims to rescue, rehabilitate and release as many sea turtles as possible.
From Adventure Aquarium website:
Mark your calendars! Join us this Columbus Day weekend as we celebrate our hard shell residents during our 2nd annual Sea Turtle Awareness Weekend (October 8-10). We’ll feature an array of turtle-y awesome activities all weekend-long as we raise money for the Sea Turtle Conservancy, an international non-profit organization headquartered in Florida that works to conserve and recover sea turtle populations through research, education, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats.
What do the Sea Turtles have planned?
Sea Turtle Up Close Opportunity – During Sea Turtle Awareness Weekend, participate in a Sea Turtle Up-Close, which includes feeding resident sea turtles from the top of Ocean Realm, at a discounted rate, $35/person and $50/couple. (Space is limited, while supplies last. Offer valid only 10/8-10/10. Guests must sign up in-person the day of their visit.)
Sea Turtle Enrichment Sessions – Watch our aquarium’s resident turtles, ranging in size from hundreds of pounds to just ounces, go through stimulating enrichment sessions in Ocean Realm and other exhibits as well as learn more about our hard shell friends.
Sea Turtle Donation and Activity Tables - Learn about the nutritional diets and habits of the resident sea turtles and participate in an interactive sea turtle survival game. A variety of items will be available for purchase like special awareness weekend themed t-shirts, reusable bags, wristbands and farewell to Koopa cards, with all proceeds benefiting wild sea turtles.
Adopt a Sea Turtle Program – Adopt an Adventure Aquarium sea turtle at The Gift Shop, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Sea Turtle Conservancy. Two tier options are available, including Standard and Deluxe. Depending on tier, adoptions can include an official Certificate of Adoption, bio sheet, color photo, plush, tote bag and more.
Turtle Crafts and Family Activities Table – Participate in sea turtle arts and crafts while incorporating fun turtle facts.
Turtle-y Awesome Savings – Bring home an exclusive Sea Turtle Awareness Weekend souvenir in the Gift Shop to commemorate a turtle-y awesome experience with 20% of proceeds donated to the Sea Turtle Conservancy. Something for everyone, including turtle shirts for adults and kids, toys, mugs and hats!