Bald Head Island Conservancy

Adopt a Nest

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Get the chance to be inside the ropes for the nest excavation and potentially watch hatchlings make it to sea!

Adopt a Turtle Nest

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Sea turtle nest excavation on Bald Head Island

With the Adopt-a-Nest, you get the chance to be inside the ropes for the nest excavation and potentially watch hatchlings make it to sea! As an Adopt-a-Nest parent, you will receive:

  • A personalized adoption certificate
  • A personalized acknowledgment letter
  • A loggerhead species info card
  • A red flashlight
  • An 8″ plush turtle
  • Notification once your assigned nest is laid
  • A sign with the adoptive parent’s name placed on the cage of the nest
  • An invitation to the nest excavation (sent via email)
  • A “I Supported a Sea Turtle Nest” sticker


All Adopt-as purchased after August will be assigned in the upcoming season.

Adoption Details

Thank you for your interest in sea turtle adoption and joining our conservation efforts of our Sea Turtle Protection Program! As you know, sea turtles are continuously at risk from many factors, including habitat destruction, entanglement in fishing gear, climate change and pollution. Your support of our Sea Turtle Protection Program allows us to do our part to ensure they continue to thrive on our beautiful barrier island and beyond.

In our appreciation of your gift of adoption, you (or the recipient you choose for this wonderful gift) will receive exclusive information about a specific sea turtle, be recognized as the adoptee on the nest, and depending on which adoption option you choose, be invited inside of the ropes for an excavation.

Curious about how adoptive families are assigned to a Nest, Mom, or Legacy turtle? For a more detailed description of the process, click here.

All Adopt-as are symbolic adoptions of a sea turtle or sea turtle nest. Each adoption is considered a donation. In the unfortunate event that a nest is lost due to a natural disturbance (such as predation or a natural disaster) there will be no refund nor re-assignment of a new nest. The adoptive parent(s) will be invited to another nest’s excavation. Please allow the Sea Turtle Protection Team at least 2 weeks after a major natural disturbance event to provide an in-depth update on the status of the sea turtle nests.