As 2021 comes to an end, and we all look forward to turning the calendar to a new year, it’s time to think about donations and supporting local organizations. Two of Jupiter’s most important and vital organizations- one environmental, and one historic are a great place to consider when donating. Or you can support them, by visiting! Read below for the details about these excellent organizations and Jupiter attractions:
This 150+ year-old landmark is Jupiter’s crowning jewel! The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum offers climbing tours of the landmark 1860 lighthouse. The waterfront Museum in the restored WWII building exhibits Five-thousand years on the Loxahatchee and outdoor exhibits include the Oil House, Keepers Workshop, Tindall Pioneer Homestead, Pennock Bell, Seminole Chickee, and Early Native American kiosks. The location also boasts a museum gift shop, educational programs for children and adults, sunset & moonrise tours, weddings, and special events.
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the 120-acre federally designated, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area (JILONA.) Check for hours and programs at www.jupiterlighthouse.org. Operated by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and legislated managing partner in the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area, National Conservation Lands.
Some Cool Facts about the Lighthouse:
Officially First Lighted: July 10, 1860
Location: Latitude 26° 56.9’ 37” North, Longitude 80° 4.9’ 17” West
Construction: Double brick masonry walls. Outer wall conical, tapering from 31.5” (8 bricks thick) at ground to 18 inches (3 bricks thick) at base of lantern. Inner wall cylindrical and 2 bricks thick throughout. Circumference at base is about 65’ and at top about 43’. Exact number of bricks used is unknown but estimated at 500,000. Brick and coquina foundation. Iron lantern and gallery deck. Granite brackets support the gallery deck.
Height: 156’ - 108’ tower on a 48’ hill, a natural parabolic sand dune topped with a layer of shell.
Focal Plane: 146’. This is the level at which the beam of light is emitted.
Steps: 105 cast iron stairs spiraling counterclockwise around a central iron column with three landings. All stairs are original, except five replicas each marked with an asterisk on the central column. These were damaged stairs replaced during the 1999-2000 restoration.
For more information or to donate to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, call 561-747-8380.
Save the turtles! Loggerhead Marinelife Center, located in Loggerhead Park, Juno Beach, Florida, is a sea turtle research, rehabilitation, education and conservation center. For more than three decades, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) has been committed to the rehabilitation of sick and injured sea turtles. LMC’s advanced hospital, founded by The Gordon & Patricia Gray Family, is one of the leading facilities in the state and a prime resource for sea turtle rehabilitation. It features a surgical suite, upgraded x-ray room, blood work lab, endoscope, and ultrasound – allowing numerous sea turtles to be examined and treated at LMC.
In March 2020, The Center had to close the doors, pause programming, and reevaluate grants and sources of funding that were affected. But while it’s easy to count losses, the Center continues to celebrate the many wins that were achieved since then.
Their treatment protocol is from rescue to release – which means that sea turtle patients are released as soon as they are medically cleared. If a patient is deemed non-releasable, it will be transferred to a different facility. All of the sea turtle patients on campus are actively receiving treatment with the ultimate goal to allow each rehabilitated sea turtle back into the ocean as quickly as possible.
To make a difference in sea turtle and ocean conservation, contact the Loggerhead MarineLife Center at 561-627-8280.
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