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February Member Spotlight: Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Wednesday, February 26, 2020

February Member Spotlight: Loggerhead Marinelife Center


Right in our backyard is a leading ocean conservation organization: Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC).


This nonprofit does research, rehabilitation and education on the endangered population of sea turtles. It's great to watch them grow as they expand “out-of-the-classroom” learning programs in Palm Beach County and beyond.


As our February member spotlight, we asked Amanda Moore from the Center to explain her organization’s mission and programs in more details. We also asked her to share how the Center has relied on Nonprofits First’s workshops and services to help it become a stronger organization.



What is Loggerhead Marinelife Center?


Amanda Moore: Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is a nonprofit sea turtle research, rehabilitation and educational institution that promotes conservation of ocean ecosystems with a focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The Center features an on-site hospital, research laboratory, educational exhibits and aquariums.


The Center’s conservation team works with 90 local and international organizations across six continents to form partnerships and share conservation initiatives and best practices that are core to its mission of ocean conservation.


The Center is expanding and has launched its Waves of Progress capital expansion campaign, designed to accelerate and amplify LMC’s conservation and education impact. 


Tell us about your programs/tours.  


Amanda Moore: LMC's Education programs aim to empower and inspire individuals to engage in the conservation of the world's ocean by providing STEM-based knowledge and resources to take responsible action. Our education programs are designed for individuals of all ages and demographics. To accommodate a larger audience, our team offers programs and tours in ASL and English.


Designed as “out-of-the-classroom” learning experiences, our programs take guests into the field to understand South Florida’s natural ecosystems, including hammock and dunes. Throughout the week, guests can enjoy tours of the Center through our Public Guided Tours, Public Guided Tours - Evenings, Private Guided Tours, and Virtual Tours. In the Summer, guests have the opportunity to participate in engaging programs, such as Sea Turtle Walks, Hatchling Releases, Hatchling Feedings, and Sunrise Nest Excavations. 


What’s new at your organization?


Amanda Moore: In January, LMC launched its inaugural Hike2O event in partnership with the Florida Trail Association. Participants set foot on the Ocean to Lake trail, which connects Lake Okeechobee to the ocean. Guided by trail experts from LMC and the Florida Trail Association – Loxahatchee Chapter, participants hiked through some of the most iconic ecosystems of South Florida. The three-day, 2-night backcountry benefit supports marine conservation and education outreach to non-coastal schools across South Florida and promotes environmental stewardship of Florida’s fresh and saltwater systems.


In addition to this new event, LMC continues to add programming for individuals of all ages and demographics. 


Why do you support Nonprofits First?


Amanda Moore: Nonprofits First is a great addition to the community, the organization empowers nonprofit organizations to excel by providing resources and professional development opportunities. The workshops are designed to provide actionable tools to the nonprofits and focus on issues related to finance, fundraising, and training.


The organization provides support to our South Florida communities and helps amplify the impact of the work of nonprofits. With the assistance of Nonprofits First, local nonprofits can thrive, expand and enhance their mission.


Learn more about the Center here.


If you know a great story about a local nonprofit, please share it with Charlotte Gill, Nonprofits First’s director of development and business strategies. Her email is:

Photo courtesy of Loggerhead Marinelife Center

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