TSA North America



What You’ll Do
Study volunteers snorkel the springs for 3-5 day sampling sessions. All turtle species are captured, measured and marked (either PIT tags or tattoos). Invasive species are removed. The day starts at around 9 am and the crew typically leaves the water around 5 or 6 pm. You will catch a lot of turtles!

What You’ll Need
If you want to get in the water, the only real way to catch the majority of the species in the springs is to give chase. Volunteers will need to provide their own snorkel equipment – mask and fins are a must! A wetsuit is also highly recommended, as the water at some sampling sites can be quite chilly. A change of clothes is also suggested. If you'd prefer to stay dry, there are plenty of other ways to help. Volunteers are needed to row canoes and kayaks to support the snorkel team in the water. Extra hands are also useful on the land, measuring turtles and recording data. No matter your experience, the team will find a way for you to help!

Sampling days for 2019:

  • February 22nd - 24th - Comal Springs, New Braunfels, Texas
  • March 23rd - 27th - Rock/Wekiwa Springs, Apopka, Florida
  • March 27th - 28th - Weeki Wachee Springs, Spring Hill, Florida
  • March 28th - 29th - Manatee/Fanning Springs, Chiefland, Florida
  • March 30th - 31st - Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Hildreth, Florida

Sampling days for 2018:

  • February 2nd - 4th - Comal Springs, New Braunfels, Texas
  • March 17th - 18th - Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Hildreth, Florida
  • March 24th - 25nd - Rock Springs, Apopka, Florida
  • March 26th - 28th - Wekiwa / Blue Springs, Apopka, Florida
  • March 28nd - 29th - Weeki Wachee Springs, Weeki Wachee, Florida
  • March 29th - 31st - Manatee, Fanning, and Peacock Springs, Chiefland, Florida
  • May 18th - 20th - Comal Springs, New Braunfels, Texas
  • May 22nd - 23rd - Bull Creek, Austin, Texas (World Turtle Day)
  • July 20th - 26th - Rock / Wekiwa Springs, Apopka, Florida
  • October 5 - 7 - Comal Springs, New Braunfels, Texas
  • October 19 - 21 - Manatee and Fanning Springs, Chiefland, Florida
  • November 16 - 18 - Rock and Blue Springs, Apopka, Florida
  • November 30 - December 2 - Comal Springs, New Braunfels, Texas (CANCELED)

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Jordan Gray: jgray@turtlesurvival.org