The Turtle Hospital opened in 1986 with four main goals: 1) repair injured sea turtles and return them to the wild 2) educate public through outreach programs to local schools 3) conduct and assist with research which aids sea turtles (in conjunction with state universities) 4) work toward environmental legislation which makes beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles.
The Turtle Hospital (Hidden Harbor Marine Environmental Project, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) charitable corp. Hidden Harbor Motel provides space and buildings needed to house and care for sea turtles. The Turtle Hospital offers Guided Educational Experiences to public daily 7 days a week.
Volunteers form the backbone of the Hospital. They assist with surgery, feed and care for turtles, and set up and man educational displays at functions such as Earth Day celebrations and wildlife festivals. Many veterinarians, both local and non-local, continue to volunteer their time as well.