Turtles About Town is a community art project showcasing the City of Galveston and the conservation efforts of Turtle Island Restoration Network to protect endangered sea turtles on the upper Texas coast.

Why Turtles?

Galveston is home to five out of seven of the world’s endangered sea turtle species. For nearly 25 years, Turtle Island Restoration Network’s efforts have safeguarded sea turtles and engaged the public in our conservation efforts through education, outreach, beach nesting patrols, classroom visits and other habitat protection efforts.

The ‘Turtles About Town’ project has been put in place to help raise awareness about our efforts to protect sea turtles on the upper Texas coast while helping drive tourism and business to the local economy.

What We’re Doing

Turtle Island Restoration Network has partnered with Clay Cup Studios to bring Turtles About Town to the Island. With Amy Owens, owner of Clay Cup Studios, we’ve installed 19 sea turtles around the city, and have plans to install more!

Turtle Locations

See a sea turtle? Take a ‘shellfie’ and tag #turtlesabouttown! View a list of the turtle locations here. 

What You Can Do

Community businesses and organizations can sponsor a turtle, while local artists are commissioned to give each one its own personality and meaning that is representative of Galveston. If you are interested in the project as a sponsor or artist, please email us at turtlesabottown@gmail.com.

Clay Cup Studios

Clay Cup Studios is a Galveston Art Studio that offers paint your own pottery, canvas painting, glass fusion and Art’tini. Owner Amy Owens has a passion for her family and her community. Coming from a family heavily involved in the arts, she saw a need in Galveston for a destination that families and friends could go to relax, have fun and get creative. She makes it a point to use Clay Cup for education and community outreach.

This project encompasses so many things that make me proud to be a Galvestonian. This concerted effort to bring awareness to what public art can do for a community, as well as the conservation minded effort behind the message is beautifully done and we are proud to have the first statue here at City Hall.

Jim YarbroughMayor of the City of Galveston

How You Can Help Us

Join us in protecting sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.