The annual Open House on St. Vincent Island, slated to take place Friday, March 28 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. had been cancelled. It will be re-scheduled to October.

There are only two more monthly island tours before the summer heat and bugs arrive and the tours are discontinued until the fall. All tours are on the second Wednesday of each month, April 9, and May 14. Our enhanced website will give you details about the tours plus a convenient place to sign up. Just click on “Island Tour Sign Up”. The tour is free, but participants must make a reservation at

Seats are filled on a first come, first served basis. There is a small charge for boat transportation to and from the island. You can also visit the island on your own. Do remember that the island is primitive – bring everything you need, including drinking water – and leave only your footprints behind.

Turtle nesting season will be here soon and you can help support the turtle program on St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) by participating in our “Adopt-a-Nest” program. For a small fee of $25 you will be able to name the turtle whose nest you adopt and you will receive an adoption certificate, photo of adopted nest, activity/hatchling report, and recognition in Supporters' newsletter

Proceeds from nest adoptions help offset refuge costs for the turtle monitoring program. These costs include fuel for the survey vehicles and materials to construct cages to protect nests from predators. Turtle adoptions make a wonderful gift for people of any age who care about turtles and wildlife preservation. With so many turtles choosing to nest on St. Vincent Island last year we are hoping for another active year. That means we will certainly need an increase in turtle adoptions. To adopt a nest or learn more about the program, email us at or leave a message at 229-6735 and thank you for your support!