Dear Friends,

As we round the corner on another summer and sea turtle season, we can reflect on the difficult summer we have faced, but we have had some successes too. More than 7000 sea turtle nests were counted and 69 Wilson’s Plover nests. We had a great Jr. Angler program that saw dozens of anglers and their parents enjoy the fun of that first catch! 

We had losses too; we lost a dear volunteer and spouse of a long-time employee…and her family and friends showed their love by adopting sea turtle nests in her name. Nancy and Mike Daley are part of the Canaveral family, and their contributions to the sea turtle protection program at the seashore span over 25 years. They are what Canaveral is made of.

So, as we look toward fall, let’s stand with each other and be kind to our neighbors. Come join us on Sept. 18 for the Coastal Clean-up; it’s a fun and safe way to give back to your seashore.

Thank you to all the Friends and Volunteers-In-Parks for all you do. 
See you at the beach!
Laura Henning
2021 Sea Turtle Nest Counts 
• Loggerhead (Caretta caretta):
Apollo ( 1374 ) .......... Playalinda ( 2184 )
• Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas):
Apollo ( 969 ) .......... Playalinda ( 1624 )
• Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea):
Apollo ( 9 ) .......... Playalinda ( 21 )
• Kemps Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii): unconfirmed until genetics 
Apollo ( 2 ) .......... Playalinda ( 0 )

Total Sea Turtle Nest Counts: 6,183
Saturday, SEPTEMBER 18th
8am – 12pm
  • APOLLO: Check-in at the Visitors Center.

  • PLAYALINDA: Check-in at Area #1
Canaveral National Seashore invites the public to join the International Coastal Cleanup. Once a year worldwide, millions of volunteers, who love the ocean and want to protect it, take this day to really make a difference. Join Canaveral National Seashore and its many visitors in the Annual International Event to help clean up marine debris that washes ashore with the tides. The first 100 Visitors will receive a T-Shirt. Bring water in a reusable container, work gloves, sunscreen, and a hat for protection from the sun.
SEPTEMBER 25, 2021
Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is traditionally the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits. This year, National Public Lands Day falls on September 25, 2021.
Shaping the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders
Canaveral National Seashore is committed to connecting today’s youth with the National Park Service mission of preserving and protecting America’s natural, cultural, and historic resources. One way this is accomplished is by working with partners like American Conservation Experience (ACE). 

Canaveral NS has hosted an ACE Crew of eight conservation-minded young adults (age 18-30 yrs) for the past ten weeks. The crew consisted of two experienced ACE Crew Leaders from North Carolina and six crew members hired from the local community. This crew was tasked with important work throughout the park. They cleared trails, cleaned island campsites, removed invasive vegetation, helped maintain historic buildings and cemeteries, assisted with water quality projects, and supported sea turtle conservation efforts. They engaged with the Marine Discovery Center to lend a hand with oyster bed restoration and assisted with Canaveral’s annual Day At The Beach event for children from the local Boys and Girls Club. Each day was filled with different experiences. Some were exhausting and strenuous. All were unique and interesting. Crewmember Elena De Marco commented, “Working with ACE this summer at Canaveral National Seashore has been an amazing experience. I enjoyed working with a great team on trail maintenance, campsite restoration, and historic preservation projects in my local National Park.”

To balance out the crew’s field experience, there were many days that offered opportunities for career and personal development. NPS staff members from every division poured into the lives of these eight young people. They shared their personal experiences in federal service. They offered interviewing advice, reviewed resumes, and offered insight into the often complex federal hiring process. The crew learned that there is no one singular route for gaining employment with the National Park Service but that determination and perseverance are the keys to success in any career field. During exit interviews at the end of the program, it was overwhelmingly agreed that the Career Development Days were the most beneficial element of the entire program.

Today’s youth are facing many challenges: a COVID-19 global pandemic, on-campus vs. online learning, employment uncertainties, personal loss, and health issues. To sum up the 2021 Canaveral/ACE Crew project, another crew member stated, “This was just what I needed this summer. Spending time outside, working really hard for a cause I feel passionate about helped me grow and get some clarity before heading back to college. I really needed this!”
To learn more about Canaveral’s youth programs, please call Valerie Stanley, Youth/Volunteer Coordinator at 386-428-3384 ext 222.
ADOPT A SEA TURTLE NEST is an opportunity for visitors, friends, and nature lovers to participate in and contribute to sea turtle conservation. Your donation of $40 supports the protection efforts of these threatened and endangered species.

SEA TURTLE NESTS - All adoptable sea turtle nests will be located within the 24 miles of undeveloped coastline within the boundaries of the Canaveral National Shore.

  • MAIL-IN FORM: Fill out the form and return it with our $40 donation to Friends of Canaveral, PO Box 1526, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170 (Payable to Friends of Canaveral, Inc.

  • ONLINE: Fill out the online form and submit it with your $40 donation per credit card.
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