Events

The 2019 VBA Season is Underway!

Ever wonder exactly what a Volunteer Beach Ambassador (VBA) does on/for the Beaches of South Walton? Check out this great article from SoWal.com regarding our VBA team! Volunteer Beach Ambassadors Hit the Sand to Educate and Inform Interested in jumping in to help? Make plans to visit one of the following educational sessions to get […]

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2018 VBA End-of-the-Season Breakfast

On Saturday, November 3rd, the 2018 Volunteer Beach Ambassador Team celebrated the end of season at our traditional Breakfast Meeting at Bud & Alley’s Restaurant and sponsored by owner and community supporter, Dave Rauschkolb. Here is what we accomplished this year: 224 Volunteer Beach Ambassadors 18 Trained Junior VBAs 52 Junior VBAs with Parent Sponsor […]

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Join our VBA Team for the 2018 Beach Season!

The Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles Volunteer Beach Ambassadors are preparing for the 2018 Beach Season and would love to have you join our team! We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote sea turtle conservation through awareness and education. If you are a local citizen of Walton County or a […]

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Clean Up the Beaches!

Please make plans to join us for International Coastal Cleanup day on Sept 16, 2017! Volunteers will be active at 4 separate beach access areas — picking up trash, interacting with visitors, educating, and bringing awareness to turtle conservation issues!

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Volunteer Beach Ambassador

Join us for Beach Ambassador Training!

Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles will be holding its last Volunteer Beach Ambassador training on Wed, August 16th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. Come join us to learn about sea turtle conservation, and what YOU can do to educate area visitors and locals about […]

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Turtle Talk: Come help keep the beaches safe for Sea Turtles!

Even with the fantastic crew that cleans the beaches every night here in Walton County, there is still a lot we can do to help keep the beaches safe for sea turtles.  Bring your own water bottle, hat and sunscreen as we’ll be walking the beach, picking up trash, filling in leftover holes and knocking down […]

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Turtle Talk: Sea Turtle License Plate Grant

  Ever wonder what happens to all the funds raised with the Sea Turtle specialty license plates here in Florida? Each year, the Sea Turtle Grants Program distributes money to coastal county governments, educational and research institutions and nonprofit groups through a competitive application process. The sea turtle specialty license plate is also the primary […]

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Turtle Talk: Trash Bash Beach Clean Ups 2016

  Each month we host a Trash Bash beach clean up throughout Walton County.  We are fortunate to have a fantastic beach clean up crew that combs the beaches every night to help keep our South Walton beaches in good shape.  Even with this crew, there is still a lot you can do and we […]

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Turtle Talk: Earth Day 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 11am to 4pm we will be at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park celebrating Earth Day.  There will be music, games, nature activities, tram rides to the beach, the Big Red Food truck in case you want to purchase food, animals and a whole lot more!  Make sure to swing by […]

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Turtle Talk: Happy Birthday to Us!!!

  Back in December we posted this image on our instagram and Facebook accounts for #WhereisShellyWednesday.  She was at the UPS Store in Watercolor helping mail off our almost 80 page application to the IRS for becoming a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization.  We have heard back from the IRS.   Drum roll please —— They […]

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Turtle Talk: Come Explore With Us!

Thousands of visitors come to South Walton beaches every year to vacation in pristine settings and enjoy the Old Florida lifestyle that 60,000+ of us are lucky enough to call home every day of the year! They come for the beaches, sure. But, they could find beaches in any number of Florida towns. Here, they also […]

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Turtle Talk: Clean Your Closets to Help Sea Turtles!

Fall is a great time to do some Spring Cleaning! Ok, so maybe it’s a good time to do some “fall cleaning.” Take some time to weed out those items you no longer use to make way for the holidays and now you can donate those unwanted or outgrown items to benefit the Friends of South Walton […]

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Turtle Talk: September Trash Bash This Weekend!

Did you attend this past weekend’s Coastal Cleanup and have a great time? Did you miss it and kick yourself? Either way, you can head out to Inlet Beach this weekend to join Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles with our cleanup event on Saturday morning at 7:30 am at Inlet Park! Shelley is sure […]

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Turtle Talk: Seeing Light at the End of the Tunnel

A Quick Update on our 501(c)(3) Application Journey… We get asked all the time if the Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization. The short answer is no, not yet. The longer answer is that the Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles is an incorporated nonprofit organization in the […]

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Turtle Talk: New Additions

While the sea turtle hatchlings of 30A and South Walton have been busy emerging from their nests, we have been busy adding some new additions of our own. Ours are not as adorable or exciting, but we are happy about them none-the-less. Over the summer, our volunteers have worked tirelessly to get this new organization […]

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