Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling on beach with text "How to help: Keep our beaches clean, volunteer and donate"

In Volusia County, sea turtle nesting season is from May 1st through October 31st. However, there are many things that you can do year round to help protect these magnificent creatures, including keeping the beach clean, volunteering, and supporting the efforts of the NSB Turtle Trackers.

Always observe wildlife from a distance! It is illegal to touch or disturb adult sea turtles, hatchlings, or nests and all sea turtles are protected under state and federal laws.

If you see adult or hatchling sea turtles, dolphins, or other marine animals on the beach that appear injured or weak, DO NOT attempt to put them back in the water. Often times these animals need immediate assistance and putting them back in the water will only prolong their suffering. Contact Beach Safety immediately at 386-424-2345, inform them of the problem and the location, and remain with the animal until somebody arrives. They will contact the appropriate agency for assistance with the specific type of animal requiring help. If it is after Beach Safety hours, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 386-248-1777 and press 1.


Shop our Donate page to adopt a sea turtle nest for you, your family, and your friends.

You can support sea turtles every time you drive by putting a Florida Sea Turtle Specialty License Plate on your car. The specialty plate is available for a donation in addition to the cost of vehicle registration through your local Tax Collectors Office or County Tag Agency. Many valuable sea turtle programs receive funding through The Sea Turtle License Plate Grant.