Volunteer Beach Ambassadors
The Volunteers Beach Ambassador Program is one part of our multi-pronged approach to furthering our mission of promoting sea turtle conservation through education and awareness.
Volunteer Beach Ambassadors, when wearing their t-shirt, interact with the public in a positive and friendly way, while they’re on the beach, stationed at a regional beach access or even while they’re out around town. By wearing the shirt, the public knows that you are a person they can approach with their questions whether they’re about local restaurants, shore birds or sea turtles. During that conversation, Volunteer Beach Ambassadors also have the opportunity to share more about Leave No Trace and #CleanDarkFlat. Volunteer Beach Ambassadors can also be seen filling in holes, knocking down leftover sandcastles and picking up bits of trash during their time on the beach.
What does it take to be a Volunteer Beach Ambassador? A willingness to help people and a desire to be a part of a positive presence on and off the beach in Walton County, Florida. A willingness to wear your Volunteer Beach Ambassador shirt while you’re on the beach or around town. If you’d rather be stationed at a Regional Beach Access, you can do that too. Also, you have to attend one mandatory training a year as well as be a member of the Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles. Membership is only $5 and can be paid at your mandatory training. We also offer opportunities every month for you to expand your knowledge through our “We Share the Beach” education series. These sessions, while you’re encouraged to attend as they’ll help you be a better Volunteer Beach Ambassador, are not mandatory.
If you want to be a Volunteer Beach Ambassador and help make a difference in Walton County, Florida please contact Laurie Reichenbach to find out when the next training session will take place, or contact us via the form on this website.
The 2019 VBA season is underway! Training dates are listed below:
— Wednesday, March 27th, 6:30-9pm
— Tuesday, April 16th, 6:30-9pm
— Wednesday, May 15th, 6:30-9pm
— Tuesday, June 18th, 6:30-9pm
— Wednesday, July 17th, 6:30-9pm
— Wednesday, August 14th, 6:30-9pm
* Please note that all training classes are currently held at the Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459