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Save the Turtles, Inc.

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Environment
  • International


Parkhurst DriveSanta Rosa, CA 95409 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Save the Turtles, a true all-volunteer organization. Since our conception, no one has received any salaries, so that the donations we receive is dedicated to the direct protection of endangered sea turtles while also supporting the local communities where the turtles nest. Although we have assisted in different regions, our mission has returned to our original purpose in Barra de Parismina, Costa Rica. We are aligned with the local community’s association, ASTOP for around 18 years. Our mission includes providing support to the local turtle patrollers who protect the beach at night. We send grants whenever possible for their hard work. Being able to provide salaries also benefits the community in many ways leading to a win-win-win experience for the sea turtles, the locals and the eco-tourists who visit the area.


Save the Turtles is a non-profit organization. Since 2001, our all-volunteer staff has helped save sea turtles, their eggs and hatchlings, mostly in Costa Rica by providing salaries to the local turtle patrollers who walk the many kilometers of beach at night protecting nesting turtles and safeguarding their eggs from poachers. We are a small organization and have assisted a variety of community-based associations with their work with sea turtle conservation. We are most proud of our ongoing commitment and success in Barra de Parismina, Costa Rica working with their local turtle association. Please visit our website, Thank you


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by Danielle D. (September 9, 2008)
I had an outstanding experience as a volunteer/intern with Save the Turtles. Co-founders Debbie and Jana are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about sea turtle conservation and have established a unique community-based model of conservation in Costa Rica. As a volunteer, I was able to develop my particular interests in design and outreach. The work environment was very collaborative, and I learned a great deal about the realities of creating and maintaining an effective nonprofit. If you are looking to make a difference in a local environmental nonprofit that works on a global scale, I highly recommend Save the Turtles.

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