Our mission is to provide a network of volunteer opportunities centered around ocean and marine life health. Once you become a member of the Turtle Team, we ask that you do your educated best to help keep all marine life healthy. Certificates for verified volunteer hours will be issued upon request. Proceeds from sales of our volunteer apparel and donations are used to support the Turtle Hospital in Marathon and local sea turtle nest protection programs.
In the summer of 2020, our Youth Founders: Hunter, Amanda, Logan & Morgan set out to create an organization to help their friends earn community services hours.
As native Floridians who have had the privilege of enjoying the environment, they decided to establish a community service network to educate their peers about the importance of ocean & marine life health. In addition, the net proceeds from the sale of volunteer apparel are donated to sea turtle hospitals, rehabilitation and nest protection programs.
Hunter has grown up spending time in the Florida Keys enjoying a variety of water recreational activities that expanded his appreciation for marine life. He helped start his elementary school's first Green Team and went on to join his middle school's Green Team while taking many green studies classes. He is currently enrolled in a marine and environmental studies high school magnet.
Amanda is a certified diver who has participated in multiple reef cleanups with the Coral Restoration Foundation. Amanda's love for the ocean began when she was little inspiring her desire to protect and improve the health of marine life.
Growing up in South Florida, Logan has always been involved with a variety of community service activities. The creation of the Turtle Team was a perfect way to combine his love and appreciation for the ocean with his drive to help and work for his community.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic Morgan's usual community service projects were slowly limited. Even as an 8th grader Morgan was used to volunteering his time with larger initiatives such as food vulnerability and animal welfare. After talking with the other founders, the idea for the Turtle Team was born as a way to provide community service opportunities for himself and others.
Angelina is a college freshman who joined Turtle Team in 2021. Angelina has been a dedicated volunteer who has actively expanded our network. She intends to continue her leadership role throughout college, which will provide many more students with opportunities for community engagement that is focused on ocean health.
Nico is a junior at Miami Palmetto High who became an Ambassador soon after our inception in 2020. Nico's outgoing personality, energy, and enthusiasm for protecting marine life make him a strong advocate and community engagement leader. Collaborating with local municipalities and programs on community-wide events is a priority for him as Turtle Team moves forwar
Alba is a senior at the School for Advanced Studies who joined Turtle Team in 2021 and quickly became our social media management lead and brand advisor. Alba's keen brand awareness, content management skills and youth perspective are essential for the expansion of our digital platform and brand awareness
We have Turtle Team Ambassadors in different schools, cities and states who organize activities to promote our mission while helping their peers earn community service hours. You are encouraged to apply! We welcome you!
Reach out to an Ambassador near you or at your school to find out about volunteer opportunities. You can also email us at email@example.com
Miami-Dade County Ambassadors
Ammons Middle - Samuel Montero
Belen - Amadeo Esteva, John Luca Monteiro
Boating Community - Luca Levins
Biotech - Erin O'Sullivan
Braddock Senior -Vivianna Loredo
Carrollton - Sofia Lee, Ella-Jules Mendez, Sofia Moya
Center for Intern'l Ed - Robert Garcia
Columbus - David Vina, David Gil
Coral Reef High - Jaydee Morgan, Tariq Tazi-Sidqui, Ariyaan Whittaker
Cutler Bay High - Isaiah Ali, Erica Kong, Sienna Sochin, Mattea Sirulnik
Miami Dade County Ambassadors
FLVS - Matthew Elliot
Frank C Martin - Anthony Zeigler
Gulliver Prep - Victor Gordon / Luciano Perez
John A. Ferguson High - Lorenzo Montero
Kids Learning Center 3 - Zuri Delgado
Miami Palmetto High - Nico Cerda, Logan Shapiro, Hunter Sosa, Lucas Cerda, Ariana Defalco
Miami Southridge High - Amir Morales
Lourdes - Veronica Ines Gonzalez
Palmer Trinity - Caitlin Cleary, Alex Keeping, Mackenzie Metka & Isa Monzayet
Palmetto Middle - Carolina Cerda
Miami Dade County Ambassadors
Riviera Preparatory - Giulia Suarez
Robert Morgan EC - Jacob Velasco
School of Advanced Studies - Alba Crespo Somerset Academy Gables - Charlotte & Daniel Alonso
Vineland K-8 - Emma Preston
Terra Environmental - Alexis Bertot & Brielle Martinez
True North Classical Academy - Davis Mallas
Miami Dade Schools Police Explorer Post - Luis Collado
Miami Dade County Ambassadors
Christefan Corteguera H.E.A.L. Program
Katie Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
FSU Amanda Gonzalez / Shulien Hernandez Shulienhernandez@gmail.com
MDC Angelina Rodriguez email@example.com
Palm Harbor University High School
Sean Shanahan / firstname.lastname@example.org
Leah Park / email@example.com
Search for upcoming shoreline cleanups near you that have been posted to the website www.volunteercleanup.org. Let us know you attended and we will give you community service hours.
JOIN our regular clean up on the 2nd Saturday of the Month at Black Point Marina.
Haulover Coastal Cleanup
(1st Saturday of every month)
Citizen Science Project at Crandon
(2nd Saturday of every month)
Crandon Coastal Cleanup
(4th Saturday of every month)
Along with many other activities Sea Turtle Tracker volunteers patrol the beaches of St. Pete, Shell Key and Outback Key during nesting season (from May to October). Volunteers find, mark and protect new nests, so hatchlings can make it safely to the Gulf.
Steps to becoming an active Turtle Team member?
1. Search our Ambassador list for your school or email us for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Buy some gear to get ready for an activity. *You do not have to buy our gear to earn community service hours but our net proceeds will be donated to sea turtle hospitals, rehabilitation and nest protection programs.*
3. Sign up for a clean up with a local organization or coordinate your own activity.
4. Request certificate(s) for volunteer hours by Emailing us at email@example.com with a description of your activity.
As a charitable non-profit, the Turtle Team can issue certificates for volunteer hours that are accepted by most schools and agencies.
Email us about your initiatives & projects to request a certificate.
Don't forget to show us your photos!