Organizers, Sponsors & Partners

Organizers

Sea Turtle Conservancy

Sea Turtle ConservancyIt is the mission of the Sea Turtle Conservancy, formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, to ensure the survival of sea turtles within the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific through research, education, training, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend. STC is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Florida with offices and projects in several other locations. STC is the oldest sea turtle organization in the world. Since its founding in 1959, STC’s work has greatly improved the survival outlook for several species of sea turtles

MeGotta

MeGottaMeGotta offers a quick, simple and powerful collaboration platform with over 14 integrated Web 2.0 applications. A seamless, easy-to-use interface that encourages communication through video and photo sharing, blogging, forums, and much more, can be deployed within minutes. The company also provides an interactive, animation platform as a way to send fun messages and creative promotions. These tools are shared with good causes through the “MeGotta Care” mission to promote community, education, ecology and similar endeavors.

Sea Turtle Sponsors

Disney’s Animal Programs

Disney's Animal ProgramsDisney’s Animal Programs is committed to delivering uncompromising excellence in animal care. Our Animal Programs team participates in cooperative breeding programs with other zoological facilities, works directly in field conservation, provides animal experiences at our theme parks, and offers tours and education programs. Through these activities, we create magical memories for our guests, while also making a difference for conservation around the world. Every year Disney supports cast members in developing and participating in local, national and international field conservation programs to study and protect wildlife. One ongoing project takes place on our own Florida beaches, where Disney’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program conducts daily sea turtle nest surveys and conservation research to ensure the long-time protection and survival of nesting sea turtles.

Disney Vero Beach Resort

Disney's Vero Beach ResortIt’s not just a Disney Vacation, it’s a lifetime of vacation memories. Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is one part of the Disney Vacation Club. The Resort offers an alluring beach vacation on the Atlantic treasure coast for the perfect family holiday. Disney’s Vero Beach Resort offers incredible Disney service: sing-along campfires, tennis courts, backboards, wine tasting, craft making, and even pin trading. Disney’s Vero Beach Resort guests can experience lessons in surfing, snorkeling, fishing, jungle trial bike adventures, and sand casting. Your entire family will find something to get them into the spirit of the Sunshine State.

Disney Conservation Fund

Disney Conservation FundDisney Conservation Fund enables nonprofit organizations to provide support for more than 45 species across the globe-from protecting the critically endangered Sumatran rhino in Indonesia, to tracking northern jaguars in the foothills of Mexico, to studying the threats of the endangered green sea turtle.

Four Seasons Resort Nevis

Four Seasons Resort NevisFour Seasons is dedicated to perfecting the travel experience through continuous innovation and the highest standards of hospitality. The company’s guiding principle is the Golden Rule, and as such Four Seasons strives to have a long-lasting, positive influence on the communities where we operate and on the people we employ and serve around the world. We believe that this is integral to our success as a company. Four Seasons involves employees and guests in the common goal of preserving and protecting the planet. We engage in sustainable practices that conserve natural resources and reduce environmental impact. As importantly, sustainable tourism will enhance and protect the destinations where Four Seasons operates for generations to come.

Atlantis, Paradise Island

Atlantis, Paradise IslandAtlantis, Paradise Island is a unique, ocean-themed destination located on Paradise Island, The Bahamas, and features a variety of accommodations, all built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of over 20 million gallons of fresh and seawater lagoons, pools, and habitats. Home to the largest open-air marine habitat in the world, there are over 50,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays, including The Dig, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis. Atlantis supports multiple Bahamian and Caribbean marine conservation programs through the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation and has helped preserve over one million acres of marine habitat in The Bahamas. Learn more at www.atlantisblueproject.org.

Ripley’s Aquariums

Ripleys AquariumsFor more than 90 years, Ripley’s Entertainment, Inc. has entertained visitors around the world, with more than 90 attractions in 10 countries. Ripley’s Entertainment’s three aquariums in Myrtle Beach, SC, Gatlinburg, TN, and Toronto, Canada have educated millions of visitors. In the next decade, Ripley’s plans to open more aquariums in tourist markets throughout North America and the world.

TreadRight Foundation

TreadRight FoundationThe TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation to encourage sustainable tourism within our own family of brands, and in the places we visit. The Travel Corporation has always believed strongly that travel and tourism companies play a vital role in protecting the world’s natural habitats, cultural heritage sites and communities.

Contiki

ContikiContiki has an insatiable appetite for discovering new things in every nook and cranny of the world. To continue sharing our discoveries with young travellers for decades and centuries to come, we need to respect and protect those places through everything that we do. We're at the start of a very exciting journey; the journey to becoming a more responsible & sustainable company. We've done some great things, but we’re ready and raring to do a whole lot more.

The Turtle Hospital

The Turtle HospitalThe Turtle Hospital opened its doors 1986 with four main goals: 1) rehab injured sea turtles and return them to their natural habitat, 2) educate the public through outreach programs and visit local schools, 3) conduct and assist with research aiding to sea turtles (in conjunction with state universities), and 4) work toward environmental legislation making the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles.

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch

pacsafeFor 30 years Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch has coordinated conservation efforts for 12 miles of Manatee County shoreline. In three decades, we monitored 7339 turtle activities, protected 4454 nests, 301,694 turtle eggs, and watched 271,680 hatchlings depart to become a future generation of loggerheads that will return to the region as they reach maturity — in about 30 years. The program includes staff, interns and volunteers who have documented the status of shoreline habitat and trends in sea turtle nesting. These data show that nesting by loggerhead turtles has declined, then rebounded in recent years. Nest destruction by both natural and non-indigenous predators has also increased during the same time period.

Continents Insolites SAS

Continents Insolites SAS

pacsafe

pacsafeOutpac Designs Limited, the makers of pacsafe, was established in 1998 by two Australian friends who traveled all over the world. Their own experiences and those of the travelers they met convinced them of the need for secure travel gear. From there, the eXomesh anti-theft technology was born, which formed the award-winning Pacsafe anti-theft backpack protector, complete with turtle logo.

Turtle & Hughes, Inc.

Turtle and HughesTurtle & Hughes, Inc., established in 1923, is a fourth generation family-owned business and one of the nation's largest electrical and industrial distributors.  Based in Linden, NJ, it serves the industrial, commercial, utility, integrated supply and contractor markets from 17 locations nationwide. With sales exceeding $500 million and over 700 employees, it is a significant force in the engineering and procurement of power distribution, automation, communications, lighting and energy projects, as well as an emerging force in the integrated supply arena.

Shark Reef Aquarium

Shark Reef AquariumShark Reef is dedicated to establishing and maintaining the highest standards of animal care, to providing its visitors with an entertaining and educational experience, and to the practice of meaningful research and conservation initiatives. Several initiatives are taken by Shark Reef to encourage the message of conservation and preservation. Recycling facility water and implementing imitation coral into exhibits to preserve natural resources are just two ways Shark Reef sets the example.

Program Sponsors

Sea Turtle License Plate

Sea Turtle License PlateIn 1997, the State of Florida authorized the creation of the Sea Turtle License Plate to promote the conservation and protection of Florida’s sea turtles. Today, the Sea Turtle License Plate is one of the most popular specialty plates in Florida, raising over $1 million annually. Approximately 70% of the funding generated by sales of the tag goes to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Marine Turtle Protection Program to support research and management activities related to sea turtles. Approximately 30% is distributed to the Sea Turtle Grants Program which distributes funds each year to support sea turtle research, conservation and education programs that benefit Florida sea turtles. The Sea Turtle Grants Program is administered by the non-profit Sea Turtle Conservancy.

Community Foundation for Brevard

Community Foundation for BrevardThe Community Foundation for Brevard serves as a leader, catalyst, and trusted resource for philanthropic individuals and organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain Brevard’s quality of life. We are an independent, 501(c)3 organization and manage funds that benefit charities by protecting the investment, achieving growth, and providing a perpetual source of income.

Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the design, production and support of innovative solutions for our customers in aerospace and defense. Our expertise in flight-deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management and simulation and training is strengthened by our global service and support network spanning 27 countries. Working together, our global team of nearly 20,000 employees shares a vision to create the most trusted source of communication and aviation electronics solutions.

The Boeing Company

The Boeing CompanyBoeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. In Florida, Boeing aims to educate and engage communities about the importance of taking action to reduce their impacts on the environment, we will invest in environmental projects which protect, restore and manage critical lands and water systems in Florida, to preserve its many diverse eco-systems

NOAA & FL DEP

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STC’s Tour de Turtles Educational Program was funded in part by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Management Program, pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award NO. NA09NOS4190076. The opinions expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Research Partners

University of Central Florida Sea Turtle Research Program

University of Central Florida Sea Turtle Research ProgramThe Marine Turtle Research Group is a group of UCF professional scientists and student volunteers dedicated to undertaking fundamental and applied research on marine turtles whilst supporting local capacity building and environmental awareness efforts necessary for successful conservation. Led by biology professor Llew Ehrhart, the group of UCF graduate and undergraduate students study sea turtles along the Atlantic shores as the females return to the beach to nest and juvenile green turtles gather in the nearby Indian River Lagoon.

Nevis Turtle Group

Nevis Turtle GroupThe Nevis Turtle Group (NTG) is dedicated to the development of a Sea Turtle Conservation Program for Nevis that involves local communities, and ensures that sea turtles will be there for the use of present and future generations. NTG was formed in 2003 by Lemuel Pemberton. Once formed, NTG gathered together a number of concerned volunteers to help monitoring the nesting beaches on Nevis. NTG volunteers work at night on beaches around Nevis to tag sea turtles and collect information about the nesting and movement of Nevis’ sea turtles. Additional information, such as levels of nest predation and poaching are collected during morning surveys. NTG also gives presentations about sea turtles at lcoal schools and works to involve children in sea turtle related activities.

Kick Off Event Sponsors

Friends of the Carr Refuge
Susan Roberts Turtle Lady Art
SUP Eco Adventures

GimMe Organic

Petty’s Meat Market

Rib City

T-Shirt Sponsors

Berri Patch Preschool
Atlantic Shores Plumbing Service