Note: To volunteer with the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery at PAIS, you must attend a training session for the activity you’re interested in. For nesting season (April-July), training sessions are held in February and March and for the cold stunning season (November-March), training sessions are held in October. To be added to the email list to be notified of these training opportunities, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, call (361) 949-8174 ext 268, or follow on their Facebook page: Padre Island NS Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery, where they also post all available training sessions, volunteer opportunities, and other events and news.
Nesting Turtle Patrol!
Every April through mid-July, volunteers are needed to help save the critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle by finding nests on the beaches of Padre Island National Seashore. Eggs from nests are collected from the beach to protect them and provide the best hatching environment. This maximizes the number of successful hatchlings to return to the wild. More information
Cold-Stunned Turtle Rescue!
Every winter, when water temperatures drop below 50°F, cold weather causes endangered sea turtles to become hypothermic (cold-stunned). Cold-stunning immobilizes sea turtles and causes them to float up to the surface of the water where they are pushed ashore by the winds. This makes them vulnerable to boat strikes, predation, and drowning. For this reason, it is important to search for, rescue, rehabilitate, and release these cold-stunned sea turtles. More information
Even if you are not in the project, you can help. To report cold-stunned turtles, call or text 361-949-8173 ext. 266. After-hour Reports: 361-876-8462.
Report all turtle training as AT: Specific Project
Report volunteer service as RM: PAIS Sea Turtles