About SEE Turtles


MISSION & Programs:

SEE Turtles connects people with sea turtles in meaningful, personal and, memorable ways. We help the sea turtle community connect, grow, and thrive by supporting community-based conservation efforts.

Our programs provide funding, resources, and tools to protect endangered sea turtle species in the Global South.

  • Billion Baby Turtles provides support for important turtle nesting beaches around the world. 

  • Too Rare To Wear is a campaign working to end the demand for turtleshell products.

  • Our conservation trips provide volunteer and financial support for conservation efforts.

  • Our educational programs help schools, travelers, and the public learn about these incredible animals and how to protect them through presentations, podcasts, webinars, our blog, and other ways.

  • Our Sea Turtles & Plastic campaign helps coastal communities get plastic waste out of sea turtle habitats around the world.

  • We promote equity in the sea turtle community through our Sea Turtle Inclusivity Fund

  • We also coordinate the annual Sea Turtle Week each June to raise awareness about these species and the threats they face in partnership with more than 150 organizations around the world.



SEE Turtles was launched in 2008 as the world's first effort to protect these species through ecotourism by conservationists Dr. Wallace J. Nichols and Brad Nahill. Originally begun as an Ocean Conservancy project, SEE Turtles was later fiscally-sponsored by the Ocean Foundation and most recently Oceanic Society. In 2016, SEE Turtles became an independent 501c3 non-profit based in Portland, Oregon. In recognition of our work to protect sea turtles around the world, the organization was awarded the prestigious Changemakers Award from the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Skal Sustainable Travel Award, and were most recently a finalist for the Go Blue Awards from Loggerhead Marine Life Center.

All donations are tax deductible. Our EIN is 81-4325149 and our IRS confirmation letter can be downloaded hereOur staff and board of directors can be found here.

Conservation Success:

Since our launch, we have helped save sea turtles in many different ways:

  • Billion Baby Turtles has saved more than 9 million turtle hatchlings at more than 60 nesting beach conservation projects in 25 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa. We have provided more than 200 grants to date, totaling more than US $900,000 in funding.

  • More than 1,500 people have visited turtle projects, supporting conservation and local communities. More than 500 volunteers have completed more than 5,000 work shifts at turtle projects.

  • We have generated more than US $1 Million in benefits for turtle conservation and local communities through tours, donations, and in-kind services.

  • Too Rare To Wear is a campaign to end the demand for turtleshell products. Our coalition includes more than 150 tourism and conservation organizations and the campaign has helped to dramatically reduce the sale of these products in Colombia, and has reached more than 10 million people about this issue.

  • Our Sea Turtle Inclusivity Fund has provided scholarships to young researchers from Costa Rica, Venezuela, Indonesia, Panama, Papua New Guinea, and Brazil to further their careers working in sea turtle conservation.

  • Our Sea Turtles & Plastic campaign has provided funding for 10 projects to remove hundreds of thousands of pounds of plastic from turtle habitats and turn the waste into products that are sold to support turtle conservation and local residents by partners in Costa Rica, Colombia, Principe, Nicaragua, Kenya, Uruguay, Ghana, and Curacao.

  • Our annual Sea Turtle Week celebration unites the conservation community to educate the public about these animals and the threats they face, reaching millions of people each year and involving more than 200 organizations.

  • We have reached more than 10,000 students across the US and Latin America with our educational programs. Our educational workshops have trained more than 100 teachers and community leaders on sea turtle educational techniques and we have funded field trips for more than 2,000 students living near turtle nesting beaches.

Learn more about our efforts to protect sea turtles.

SEE Turtles annual reports

  Awards & Recognition:



Photos: Neil Ever Osborne