South Carolina Aquarium Turtle Trek 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run
About the Turtle Trek
Run for the turtles! The South Carolina Aquarium Turtle Trek, a 5K sunset beach run/walk, will take place Saturday, September 23 on Isle of Palms. Proceeds from the Turtle Trek support the Sea Turtle Care Center™ and the Aquarium’s conservation initiatives.
About the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center
Worldwide, all seven species of sea turtles are listed as threatened or endangered, four of which are found locally: the loggerhead, the Kemp’s ridley, the green and the leatherback. To help ensure that sea turtles have a future in our oceans, the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center aids sick and injured sea turtles in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
Sea turtles arrive at the Care Center suffering from bacterial or fungal infections, shock from exposure to cold temperatures, injury from a boat strike or shark bite, or ingestion of plastic from the ocean. Our staff veterinarian diagnoses each turtle and works with Sea Turtle Care Center staff and volunteers to provide treatment and rehabilitative care.
To date, we have rehabilitated and released more than 200 sea turtles back into their natural habitats. With your support, we can continue efforts to sustain these species into the next century and beyond.
The Mission of the South Carolina Aquarium
Our mission is to inspire conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research, and by providing an exceptional visitor experience.
The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Questions or comments? Please contact Stephanie Gabosch at 843-579-8540 or firstname.lastname@example.org