Promoting the conservation of endangered and threatened marine turtles in Northeast Florida


Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol (BSTP) is making the world a better place for sea turtles on Jacksonville’s beaches. We document strandings for the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network, and transport debilitated turtles to rehab facilities. Holding a permit issued by Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC), BSTP performs foot patrols, conducts nesting surveys, and protects marine sea turtles. We proudly serve the beaches as a 501(c)(3) award-winning, non-profit organization.


  1. Nesting Season: May 1 – October 31
  2. Local Turtles: Loggerheads, Greens, and Leatherbacks
  3. Endangered & Protected: Sea turtles are protected by the Federal Endangered Species Act (1973) and Florida’s Marine Turtle Protection Act (379.2431, Florida Statutes).


  • Important Announcement: Beginning September 1, 2023, any sea turtle nest adoptions will be automatically rolled over to the 2024 nesting season. Thank you for your support!
  • Find updates and information in our 2023 BSTP Annual Newsletter! From nesting reports to upcoming events like beach cleanups, we’ve got you covered.
  • The “Turtle Talks” Activity Book is now available for free download here.
  • All BSTP 2023 volunteer positions are filled. Thank you to all who expressed an interest. Please check back here in January 2024.

#CleanDarkFlat Mugs Now Available

Grab your one-of-a-kind, collectible #CleanDarkFlat mug and support sea turtle conservation at the same time. 🐢☕ Available at Bold Bean Coffee Roasters, Breezy Coffee Shop Wine Bar, Cup of Jōb, Jax Beach Brunch Haus, Round Bird Coffee Shop, and Beaches Energy Services. Mugs are just $10 while supplies last. All proceeds benefit Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol.

Help protect nesting mothers and their hatchlings by keeping beaches CleanDark, and Flat.






Keep our beaches CLEAN, DARK & FLAT

  • Make sure turtles don’t mistake trash for food by keeping the beaches CLEAN of debris.
  • Keep the beaches DARK by not using flashlights or flash photography at night. These lights can disrupt nesting and disorient turtles trying to make their way back to the ocean.
  • Clear the way for turtles by filling in all holes and ruts to ensure FLAT beaches
  • Give nesting turtles plenty of space by keeping your distance.
  • Leave no trace behind. Take all of your belongings with you including chairs, umbrellas, and other gear.

Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol is a proud recipient of the 2020 Top-Rated Non-Profit Award from Great Nonprofits — the leading platform for community-sourced stories about nonprofits. Thank you to all who shared their stories and for your continued support of our work with endangered sea turtles. Have an inspiring story? You can share it here.