Our Vounteers

N.E.S.T Volunteers

Sea turtles are one of the Earth’s most ancient creatures. The seven species that live today have been around for 110 million years, since the time of the dinosaurs. Five species – Loggerhead, Kemp’s Ridley, Green, Hawksbill, and Leatherback – can be found along the coast of North Carolina. Now the very survival of all sea turtles is either threatened or critically endangered due to among other things, entanglement in fishing gear, poaching and illegal trade, coastal development, marine debris, global warming, and ocean pollution.

In order to combat these threats N.E.S.T. needs your help on the Outer Banks in protecting sea turtle nests and hatchlings, rescuing injured sea turtles and reaching out to the public about the challenges to sea turtle survival.

Join One of Our Turtle Teams

  • Nesting Response Team
  • ATV Crawl Patrol Team
  • Nest Sitting Team
  • Cold Stun Stranding Response
  • Rehabilitation Team
  • Education Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Board of Directors

Training is mandatory for all active NEST volunteers. Because sea turtles are protected under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), anyone handling a sea turtle or sea turtle eggs must have an ESA permit. You can get a permit once you attend training classes.

Training is available during certain times of the year in:

  1. Nest identification and verification
  2. Nest sitting
  3. Turtle stranding and rescue
  4. Turtle rehabilitation
  5. ATV beach nest patrol
  6. Marine mammals

Go to http://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/OuterBanks/EventRegistration.aspx to sign up for training. Once you become a volunteer you will receive regular emails about training opportunities and N.E.S.T. activities.

Lets Spring Forward to Trainings!

The moment you have all been waiting for, Spring Trainings have been schedule and are ready for you to sign up for them!  Below is a list of the different classes that will be offered in the spring and will be coming up very soon. All classes have descriptions of who should attend. Remember, training is required annually so if you wish to participate this coming season, be sure to attend each team that interests you (but you need only attend one of the many sessions offered this fall).  For greater description of each class, check out the online calendar.

NEST Spring Trainings

  • Volunteer Orientation & Natural History – for new volunteers and those looking to refresh
  • Nesting Response 101 will provide the basics of nesting response. This is for those who have responded to fewer than four crawls, have not been active for the past two years, or those who simply enjoy a refresher should plan on attending 101.
  • Nesting Response 201 is designed for volunteers who are well-seasoned and looking for additional information about nesting response and nesting biology.

Below are the class offerings in chronological order. To see them on a calendar and to register online, visit our program online calendar. So check back if you don’t see the class you’re looking for.

 April 26th in Corolla at the Wildlife Center

  • 9AM NEST Orientation & Sea Turtle Natural History – 1 hr
  • 10AM Nesting Response 101 – 1.5 hrs
  • 11:30AM Nesting Response 201 – 1 h

May 6th in Nags Head at Jennette’s Pier

  • 9AM NEST Orientation & Sea Turtle Natural History – 1 hr
  • 10AM Nesting Response 101 – 1.5 hrs
  • 11:30AM Nesting Response 201 – 1 h

May 8th in Corolla at the Wildlife Center

  • 4PM NEST Orientation & Sea Turtle Natural History – 1 hr
  • 5PM Nesting Response 101 – 1.5 hrs
  • 6:30PM Nesting Response 201 – 1 hr

May 15th in Nags Head at Jennette’s Pier

  • 4PM NEST Orientation & Sea Turtle Natural History – 1 hr
  • 5PM Nesting Response 101 – 1.5 hrs
  • 6:30PM Nesting Response 201 – 1 hr

June 20th in Corolla at the Wildlife Center

  • 9AM NEST Orientation & Sea Turtle Natural History – 1 hr
  • 10AM Nesting Response 101 – 1.5 hrs
  • 11:30AM Nesting Response 201 – 1 h