World Turtle Day event at South Walton County Coastal Branch Library May 19

May 12, 2015

friendsofsouthwaltonseaturtlesDate/time: May 19, 4 p.m.

Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles an all-volunteer nonprofit group is kicking off efforts to meet their mission of sea turtle conservation through awareness and education with a special event to celebrate World Turtle Day at the South Walton County Coastal Branch Library on May 19th.

World Turtle Day is celebrated around the globe on May 23 each year. Sponsored since 2000 by the American Tortoise Rescue to bring attention to and increase knowledge about and respect for turtles and tortoises, the awareness campaign and associated events are meant to encourage education and action to help turtles survive and thrive in their natural ecosystems.

Turtle Day is celebrated worldwide in a variety of ways. From dressing up as turtles or wearing green summer dresses, to saving turtles caught on highways or highlighting research activities, Turtle Day lesson plans and craft projects encourage teaching about turtles in classrooms and at other educational events and venues.

The Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles event is being held in advance of World Turtle Day to accommodate the schedule of the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach.

The South Walton County Coastal Branch Library is located at 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach off of Highway 331 near the bridge to Freeport. For more information on the library’s events and programs, visit

For more information on Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles, visit or find the organization on Facebook at, Twitter at @30ASeaTurtles and Instagram at @30aseaturtles.