Wild Turtle Week

Join the slow and steady movement on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram May 23 – 27, 2022! #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 World Turtle Day on Monday May 23rd, 2022.

A large snapping turtle on a white background looks to the right of the screen
Snapping Turtle by Sam Stukel/ USFWS

Daily Themes   

  1. Monday, May 23: Turtley Awesome: Why turtles are special
  2. Tuesday, May 24: Turtles Need Our Help: Threats turtles face
  3. Wednesday, May 25: Every Turtle Counts: Turtle populations can’t afford extra losses 
  4. Thursday, May 26: Turtle Power: Turtles play important roles in their ecosystems 
  5. Friday, May 27: Be a Good Turtle Neighbor: Everyone can play a role in helping turtles

Social Media Toolkit   

Are you looking for ideas and/ or inspiration for posts? If so, check out our social media toolkit which includes sample posts you can copy and paste, photo sources, and more! Be sure to use our official #WildTurtleWeek hashtags and consider tagging PARC!

#WildTurtleWeek #EveryTurtleCounts #BuyInformed #KeepTurtlesWild #WorldTurtleDay

White text on a blue background reads ‘Be a good turtle neighbor. There may be things you can do on your land or in your community to support turtles, like creating a backyard habitat.If you suspect someone is illegally collecting or selling wild turtles, contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at fws_tips@fws.gov’ To the left of  the text, a turtle surrounded by clovers is picturednext to a small caption of ‘photo by Gary Peeples’.
Example Instagram post from our Social Media Toolkit. Click the picture or the Social Media link above for more information.

If you are looking for Facebook banners, Facebook turtle pledge posts, and other social media graphics, check out our #WildTurtleWeek Wakelet. Everything is free and available to download and share.

Facebook banner that says 'Shell-e-brate Wild Turtle Week!'. Below the title are the dates May 22-27, 2022, the PARC logo, and the website link to parcplace.org/wild-turtle-week/. A picture of a box turtle looking at the camera on the left of the screen is depicted.

Photo Gallery  

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

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.