Join a Virtual Classroom at This Florida Sea Turtle Hospital

Experience what experts are doing to save threatened and endangered sea turtles up close.

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Good news for little turtle lovers: The Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Florida, has moved its educational programs online amid the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to keep young minds engaged during these unprecedented times.

Under normal circumstances, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center—a nonprofit sea turtle research, rehabilitation, and educational institution—serves more than 350,000 guests and upwards of 74,000 registered students each year. To combat the center closing due to the COVID-19 crisis, they've begun sharing daily, live broadcasts featuring educational programming from their Outdoor Sea Turtle Hospital, available for free to viewers around the world.

"Our virtual programs will help keep our next generation of eco-advocates focused and engaged with sea turtle and ocean conservation," the center's website explains. "Our educators are working around the clock to bring you and your family exceptional virtual learning modules."

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Until it re-opens to the public, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center's Virtual Coastal Classrooms are available via Facebook Live Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. EST, and Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. EST. They're also hosting nightly trivia games at 9 p.m. EST. The center's Virtual Coastal Classroom also features an enhanced online Educator Portal, which includes online quizzes, activities, and other resources for teachers and homeschooling parents alike.

"Our education team will conduct daily, 15- to 20-minute virtual learning lessons focused on various sea turtle and ocean conservation topics," the website notes. "These virtual learning modules will leverage our innovative sea turtle hospital and engage viewers with our sea turtle patients."

How cool is that?

For more information and to donate to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, please visit

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