Sea Turtle Patrol Volunteer Activities

Mote volunteers patrol beaches every morning from May 1 through Oct. 31 looking for signs of nesting and hatching activity. Our patrols encompass 35 miles of beach between the Manatee/Sarasota county line on Beach Patrol Volunteer

Volunteers typically walk approximately 1 mile of beach and are required to commit to one or two days per week for the entire season (May 1-Oct 31).

Volunteers are required to attend a one-time training session conducted at the beginning of every turtle season (usually held in April).

If you are interested in becoming a sea turtle patrol volunteer, please email with your contact information (e.g. name, address, phone, e-mail) and we will let you know about our next training session. If it is already turtle nesting season (May through October), you will not be eligible to participate this calendar year.

In the event you have missed this year's training session, there might be other volunteer opportunities you would like to consider pursuing at Mote. Please contact the volunteer office for possibilities at

Mote's Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program has monitored daily sea turtle nesting along 35 miles of Sarasota County beaches every season for more than 29 years. Learn more about our sea turtle research and monitoring efforts by exploring our website and get weekly turtle nesting updates at

About Us

Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key part of our mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.

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