Open House! For the Love of Turtles

February Vacation Week

Do you love turtles? Have you ever wondered how the National Marine Life Center cares for endangered species of turtles like the Kemp’s ridley or the Northern red-bellied cooter? Have you got a turtle story to share, perhaps how you’ve helped them cross the road? Then join us… For the Love of Turtles, our February Open House!

What:  For the Love of Turtles Open House
When:  Saturday, February 15, 2020
Time:  10 am – 2 pm
Where:  National Marine Life Center, 120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay
Cost:  Non-members $5/person, Members FREE.

Event proceeds help buy medicine, food, and care for our sea turtle patients.


  • Hospital Tours – meet our 4 Kemp’s ridley sea turtle patients, along with our 10 Northern Red-bellied Cooters, Violet and Daisy the Eastern Box Turtles, Kreature the Diamondback Terrapin, and Lindsay the Diamondback Terrapin
  • Arts and Crafts – Make a Marine Animal Valentine for your friend and maybe for a patient in the Marine Animal Hospital
  • Enjoy other turtle themed crafts and activities!
  • Light refreshments
  • Opportunities to symbolically adopt and support our sea turtles (and seals)

Explore our Marine Animal Discovery Center and learn all about sea turtles, box turtles, and red bellied cooters. Hear first hand how National Marine Life Center has taken on the critically important role of triage in the sea turtle stranding network! Light refreshments will be served.

Kiko is a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. Kemp’s ridleys are the smallest of all 7 species of sea turtles and the most critically endangered. Kiko was one of the first sea turtles to be triaged at National Marine Life Center, meaning that he received his first critical care here with our team. Kiko was recently released in Florida and can now contribute towards the growth and recovery of the population!