To report a distressed Sea Turtle CALL (SWTW) Hotline: 850-865-4503

About Us

“We’re dedicated to Sea Turtle conservation through awareness and education.”

The Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization formed in early 2015. We are dedicated to promoting Sea Turtle conservation through awareness and education. Our objective is to help students and adults understand the obstacles Sea Turtles face and what we can do to help protect our endangered and threatened Sea Turtles.

VBA educating beach visitors

A Need in the Community

We were asked to form due to a need in the community to educate and raise awareness about  Sea Turtle nests, and the importance of  protecting Sea Turtles and their hatchlings.

Our organization does not interact with Sea Turtle 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 through our Volunteer Beach Ambassador program.

Our VBA Program
Fun @ the Beach education with students finishing up our Sea Turtle program.

Our organization is funded by donations, fundraisers and grants. Click Below to learn more about getting involved and to support us financially. Every donation counts!


Our 2024 Governing Board

Beth Coppedge – President
Shelly Hudson Bowden – Vice President
Etoi J Moore – Treasurer
Beth Hill – Director of Education
Gina Cornelius – Technology Director
Heather Roberts – Community Outreach Director
Stan Kroder – Director