Welcome to the *NEW* 2020 Sea Turtle Patrol Resource Page!

Please bookmark this page as it will be updated throughout the season with new information.

The Upper Texas Coast Sea Turtle Nest Patrols are organized by Turtle Island Restoration Network and Texas A&M University at Galveston. Sea turtle nesting season runs from April 1st through July 15th and volunteers are expected to patrol one shift a week for the entire season. We have space for volunteers that would like to be on a weekly shift as well as a substitute list so please contact Theresa (theresa@seaturtles.org) for more information. The 12 routes are located on Bolivar Peninsula (UTV), Galveston Island (UTV/walking) and Follet’s Island (UTV/walking) and more information on each of them can be found via the link below:

Patrol Routes & Calendars

For new volunteers: Please click “Read more” to check the calendars on each route page for OPEN shifts and contact Theresa (theresa@seaturtles.org) to ensure that your schedule will allow coverage of a shift for the entire nesting season before signing up for training.

Training is required for all volunteers, returning included, as we are working towards conservation of a critically endangered federally protected animal. Thank you for understanding and we cannot wait to see you at a training session!

You only have to attend one training class, and the location does not have to be where you will patrol. All training classes cover the same material.

  • Galveston: Texas A&M University at Galveston Thursday, February 27th @ 5-9PM. (Volunteers will be passing out parking passes at the entrances to the lots. Campus maps are available here and here.)
  • Bolivar: Crystal Beach Fire Station Saturday, February 29th- 9AM-1PM. (Parking is located outside the buildings and is free. Click here for a map.)
  • Follet’s Island: Stahlman Park Saturday, March 7th @ 9AM-1 PM. (Parking is located outside the buildings and is free. Click here for a map.)

Click *HERE* to sign up for training.

Please be sure to enter your email address correctly. More information will be sent to that address as we prepare for the nesting season.

Please print and sign both the TIRN and TAMUG liability waivers and bring them to training. Liability waivers must be completed before volunteers can participate in nest patrols.

TIRN Liability Waiver

TAMUG Liability Waiver