The Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles (FOSWST) is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization formed in early 2015. We are dedicated to promoting sea turtle conservation through awareness and education for the residents and the 4 million+ visitors to Walton County, Florida.
We were asked to form by the leaders of the South Walton Turtle Watch Group. Their organization focuses on locating and monitoring sea turtle nests and overseeing volunteers for the protection of the turtles and their hatchlings. Our organization does not interact with nests — we focus solely on awareness through printed materials and online information, education programs in the community and schools, and local events. Look for our materials at restaurants, hotels, vacation rentals and various retail establishments. We provide programs for libraries, girl/boy scout troops, various local organizations, and to the members of our Volunteer Beach Ambassador program.
2020 Governing Board
Beth Coppedge – President
Beth Coppedge is the founder and president of Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles. She has also been a volunteer with South Walton Turtle Watch for seven years, monitoring and marking nests on South Walton beaches. (Read full bio)
Beth Hill & Shelly Hudson Bowden – Education
Etoi J Moore – Treasurer
Chris Sennett – Secretary
Laurie Reichenbach – Director of Volunteer Beach Ambassador (VBA) Program
Michele Phillips – Assistance Director of VBA Program