Wild Turtle Week

Join the slow and steady movement on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for our new dates on June 10-14th, 2024! #WildTurtleWeek is a collaborative initiative between the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to shell-e-brate all things related to turtles for one week, beginning on Monday June 10th, 2024.

#WildTurtleWeek was created in 2022 by PARC and partners to help elevate turtles and their conservation. The week was centered around World Turtle Day® which occurs on May 23rd each year, but starting in 2024, we will be moving #WildTurtleWeek to June to anchor with World Sea Turtle Day.

New in 2024: we have designed an ArcGIS Storymap showcasing the 50 States of Turtles. Click here to learn more and explore!

A green map of the United States is in the background with different turtle species arranged on top of it. The title states "50 States of Turtles" and in the lower right corner, there is a hashtag that says "ShellebrateTurtles".
Learn about turtles and tortoises across the United States!

Daily Themes   

  1. Monday, June 10: Turtley Awesome: Why turtles are special
  2. Tuesday, June 11: Turtles Need Our Help: Threats turtles face
  3. Wednesday, June 12: Every Turtle Counts: Turtle populations can’t afford extra losses 
  4. Thursday, June 13: Turtle Power: Turtles play important roles in their ecosystems 
  5. Friday, June 14: Be a Good Turtle Neighbor: Everyone can play a role in helping turtles
A large snapping turtle on a white background looks to the right of the screen
Snapping Turtle by Sam Stukel/ USFWS

#ShellebrateTurtles Campaign

Join us in celebrating the wonders of wild turtles! Let’s spread awareness and love for these amazing creatures by showcasing their beauty and importance in their natural habitats.

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Draw or Share Pictures: Use our templates, draw your own, or share pictures of wild turtles in their natural habitats. Show off their unique features and the environments they call home. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ShellebrateTurtles!
    1. If sharing photos of turtles in the wild, please don’t share exact locations.  Many species are targets for illegal collection.
    2. The shell of a turtle is part of its body – in fact, a turtle can feel pain if the shell is damaged.  Please don’t write, paint, or etch anything on a turtle’s shell!
  2. Share Your Love: Along with your picture, share a short description of why you love wild turtles. Is it their vital role in ecosystems? Their ancient wisdom? Their cool adaptations? Let the world know why these creatures hold a special place in your heart.
  3. Spread Awareness: Educate others about the importance of protecting wild turtle populations. Share facts about the threats they face, such as habitat loss, pollution, and illegal trade. Encourage everyone to take action to ensure their survival and help to spread the word that #EveryTurtleCounts. 
  4. Support Conservation Efforts: Consider supporting or volunteering with a local nature center, turtle-centric organization, etc. 

Together, let’s #ShellebrateTurtles and show our appreciation for these incredible beings. Thank you for joining us in this campaign to honor and protect wild turtles!

Social Media Toolkit   

Are you looking for ideas and/ or inspiration for posts? If so, check out our previous social media toolkits below. The 2024 toolkit should be out by mid-May 2024.

The toolkits include sample posts you can copy and paste, photo sources, and more! Be sure to use our official #WildTurtleWeek hashtags and consider tagging PARC! If you are looking for Facebook banners, Facebook turtle pledge posts, and other social media graphics, check out our #WildTurtleWeek Google Drive. The US Fish and Wildlife Service also has a Wild Turtle Week Library and provides graphics, without logos here. Everything is free and available to download and share.

#WildTurtleWeek #EveryTurtleCounts #KeepWildTurtlesWild #WorldTurtleDay

Example Instagram post from our Social Media Toolkit. Click the picture or the Social Media link above for more information.
Facebook banner that says 'Shell-e-brate Wild Turtle Week!'. Below the title are the dates June 10-14, 2024, the PARC logo, and the website link to parcplace.org/wild-turtle-week/. A picture of a wood turtle looking at the camera on the right of the screen is depicted.

Previous Social Media Content

You can find our previous toolkits below:

Photo Gallery  

Need photos of turtles?! We have you covered! Check out our Flickr album with turtle photos to share. USFWS Flickr Gallery

Video Resources

Interested in short reels to use on social media? We got you covered! Check out this Google Drive from the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy (ARC) which contains a selection of short clips. We also have them up on our YouTube channel.

US Fish and Wildlife Service and Jeff Corwin Team Up to Keep Turtles Safe from Illegal Trade

Educational Resources  

Use these activities to teach students about threats to turtles, and how they can help:

Find more educational activity ideas in Rhode Island’s Scales and Slimes activity kit. 

#EveryTurtleCounts Gear

Celebrate #WildTurtleWeek in style and help Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) in the process by purchasing some of our #EveryTurtleCounts gear on Threadless. The design was made specially for PARC by Nina McDonnell.