Published: Aug 29, 2014 7:56 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 29, 2014 12:50 PM EDT

SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla.- Sea turtles are known in Southwest Florida but now you can learn more about the reptile that calls this area home.

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is proud to open their brand new Sea Turtle exhibit, "Saving Sea Turtles."

Made possible by the West Coast Inland Navigation District grant, along with other gifts to the “DingDarling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. The exhibit allows visitors the chance to learn about the life style of our native turtles and get an up close and personal look with interactive and visual displays.

“This newest exhibit is so important to sea turtle conservation,” said supervisory refuge ranger Toni Westland. “People need to learn what they can do to protect endangered turtles literally around the world by being good beachgoers and beach homeowners.”

The exhibit officially opens to the public, Friday at 10:00 a.m. where several speakers, conservationists and biologists will pull back the curtain and unveil the new display.   

The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge is located at 1 Wildlife Drive on Sanibel Island. For more information on the refuge or to plan your visit, click here.