The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is proud to offer Science Saturday events. These events allow families to learn together while exploring the center. Each event will covering a predefined sea turtle or general turtle related topic. Activities are included with the cost of general admission.
January 13 -- Brave the Elements -- From the ancient mysteries of the deep ocean to the secrets of the trees and soil on land, climate conditions are critical for reptilian survival. Participants are invited to unearth careers of studying turtle environments. Learn about geology of the ancient ocean depths and discover the oldest known sea turtle species through paleontology. Talk with staff for a better understanding of climatology and why reptiles require specific environmental conditions as well as the impacts of changes in their climate.
February 17 -- Marine Debris Science -- How do humans affect the world around them? What can we do at home to help the environment? Are there ways we can help protect sea turtles even if we don’t live anywhere near the ocean? All of these questions will be answered as participants explore “Litter-ology” on Science Saturday. Learn all about what is considered Marine Debris and ways we can stop it from getting to the ocean. Test your knowledge on what is recyclable or not and how long it really takes for that soda can to decompose! Discover “upcycling and make a craft out of recyclable materials.
March 17 -- Marsh Madness -- Salt marshes are an important ecosystem along the coast, especially in Georgia. Salt marsh ecosystems protect mainland areas from erosion and ocean storms, absorb pollutants, and provide a habitat for many seasonal and resident plant and animal species, some that can be found nowhere else. The southeast region from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and north Florida make up almost 2/3rds of the remaining salt marsh habitat on the east coast of the United States. Families are invited to learn about salt marsh ecology including plant and animal species, threats and humans impacts on this important ecosystem, and why conservation is important to the health of the coastal region. Spend the day migrating like birds, meet Diamondback Terrapins, and become a research ecologist. Discover ways that the Georgia Sea Turtle Center staff work to conserve salt marsh habitat and protect the diamondback terrapin.