Adopt a turtle

Adopt and name a nesting turtle! Each season we see dozens of individual female turtles and while they have flipper tags, we also like to give them names to remember them better as the years go on. For a $100 donation to the St. Croix Sea Turtle Project, you can symbolically name a nesting sea turtle. You can choose your species – leatherback, green or hawksbill! ** Please note, we are out of leatherback adoptions for 2022 – so please choose a green or hawksbill turtle instead.

You’ll receive a certificate of adoption that you can print, a project T-shirt, a sticker, recognition on our website, and an online summary at the end of the season with your turtle’s stats (# of nests, dates seen, etc.). (See an example of a turtle summary here!). To name a turtle, go to the following link, enter your information, and in the Comments box, add the name you’d like for your turtle, the species you’d like, and who you are naming the turtle for. Name your turtle for 2022 here! Your turtle will always be yours and we’ll email you in future years when she shows up again at Sandy Point.

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In the early morning light, volunteer Dana takes notes on Rapunzel’s condition and nest.

Your donations for naming turtles ultimately support our volunteer and student teams, who spend their time protecting turtles and nests. Donations are fully tax-deductible (you will receive an email and tax letter instantly upon donating) and are so much appreciated! Thank you for your support!

The St. Croix Sea Turtle Project is sponsored by The Ocean Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, in cooperation with US Fish and Wildlife Service at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.

All photos on this website were taken under appropriate Endangered Species Permits during the course of approved research. No photos may be reproduced, or copied and used without permission. Thank you.