An image of a volunteer helping visitors view birds.

The Barrier Island Center acts as the visitor center for Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge and provides many opportunities to learn about the different ecosystems and wildlife that can be found in the Refuge. They focus heavily on educating the public about sea turtles, the species that are endangered and that can be found on the Refuge, and how we can do our part to help protect them. During turtle nesting season Friends of the Carr Refuge organizes nighttime Turtle Walks for the public at the Barrier Island Center that include an informative presentation and the opportunity to safely see turtles nesting on the beach. During the month of August they also host Turtle Digs for visitors with a presentation and the chance to observe volunteers excavating sea turtle nests. Pursuing nesting sea turtles, feeding or disturbing wildlife and their nests, searching for and collecting artifacts, plants and animals, the presence of dogs, horses, ATV’s, bicycles, and cars on public beaches, and camping and fires are all prohibited activities.  

The center is open Tuesday – Sunday from 9am – 5pm. 

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