do you love turtles?

“Turtles, Turtles, Rah, Rah Rah… Turtles, Turtles, Ha, Ha Ha…But Mmm, I love Turtles!” Yes, that catchphrase is for the candy, but we can say the same thing about real turtles!

One of our favorite characters from the movie Nemo was, you guessed it – the sea turtle Squirt! Sea turtles really do seem like cool, laid-back surfers, hanging around coral reefs and groovin’ to the ocean currents. They have such an important role in the ocean ecosystem but are endangered. How can kids help? Adopt a sea turtle!

Here is the official website for the Wildlife Collection bracelet, which work in partnership with the Sea Turtle Conservatory. Note: please be cautious about purchasing these bracelets from other sources, apparently this is the only genuine bracelet officially partnered with the conservatory.

  • Learn your turtle’s name and get a picture
  • Learn about their story
  • Gain access to your live turtle tracker (it’s as cool as it sounds)

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You can also see a list of current active sea turtles being tracked on the Sea Turtle Conservatory Website for free.


Get Involved with Live Turtle Experiences

Yes, you are seeing this correctly. This is a photo of a jaguar and green turtle, a combined experience available in Costa Rica.

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Through the Sea Turtle Conservatory, you can join various turtle experiences like live release events, and in person interaction with responsible conservation programs.

Migration Project

As you receive updates about your turtle, pin the location (or use dry erase markers) on a fun map. You can learn about geography and migration and follow your new friend’s travels at the same time.

There’s also this type of large peel-and-stick animal wall map. You could track them using small removable stickers like these inexpensive ones. Or just use stickie-notes and write the date when they’re spotted.

local Spotting Adventure

Big Snapper Ontario Lake

Not near the ocean? Turtles are everywhere! Take a family outing near your home to spot freshwater turtles in their habitat. Bring your camera!

Look along the banks of small ponds, lakes, and slow-moving streams. They like damp areas with lots of rocks, stumps and hiding spots. You will sometimes see them sunning themselves on rocks or logs.

A good place to spot them is from a canoe, as you slowly meander up a lazy river (if you have never canoed before or are apprehensive about it, see our article about Canoeing with Kids).

Did you know that many turtles are threatened or endangered? Your local area will likely have a website similar to this one here in Ontario about spotting your local turtles, and which ones are at risk.

Guidebooks are helpful in your spotting adventures. We still have ours (pictured) and it’s got lots of wrinkles from all the use!

If you would like your kids to enjoy the same fun, here is an example of Peterson Field Guide to Eastern & Central North America or Western North America Reptiles and Amphibians

Turtles as Pets

Please don’t take a wild one home as a pet! If your kid really wants a turtle, consider adopting one. See this article about Turtles as Pets which contains information about where to adopt one locally.

Turtle Puzzles

Ages 3 months and up: Wooden turtle puzzle

Ages 6+: Eco-Friendly 3D turtle puzzle

Ages 8+: Paintable wooden 3-D dolphin (and sea creature set)

Ages 6+: 1000 pieces, educational with 25 different turtle and tortoise species, made in the USA

Turtle Books

Ages 10+: National Geographic Kids Mission: Sea Turtle Rescue: All About Sea Turtles and How to Save Them. Proceeds help National Geographic conservation efforts.

Coloring Books

The World of Turtles: color turtles from around the world in their natural habitat. Fun and educational.

For younger kids, try this one

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