Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
The mission of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is to conserve and protect all species of marine turtles, both in the water and on the beach. We accomplish this through the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick and injured sea turtles; public education regarding the plight of sea turtles and the threat of their extinction; and learning opportunities for students of biology, wildlife conservation, and veterinary medicine from around the world. A nonprofit organization, we view our work as a privilege and are honored to work with these magnificent creatures.
Celebrating 25 Years!
This year, we are excited to celebrate our 25th anniversary!
After many years of protecting and conserving turtles, first as the mother-daughter team of Jean and Karen Beasley and then as the all-volunteer Topsail Turtle Project, we decided to make it official 25 years ago, in 1998!
On June 5, 1998, Jean Beasley filed articles of incorporation with the State of North Carolina to legally establish the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center as a non-profit organization. Named in memory of her daughter, Karen, the "KBSTRRC" would include both the existing Topsail Turtle Project and the new Sea Turtle Hospital.
On July 21, 1998, the North Carolina Secretary of State approved KBSTRRC's articles of incorporation and we officially became a legally-recognized, not-for-profit organization!
Since our founding, we have protected over 2,627 sea turtle nests, treated over 1,307 sick or injured sea turtles, and educated hundreds of thousands of people about sea turtles and the importance of conserving them.
To celebrate, we are hosting 25+ activities and events to celebrate 25+ years of conserving and protecting sea turtles. You are invited to join us! Check back often for additional events, activities, and updates.
Friday, September 15, 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM - TIDAL WAVE CHARITY DAY, held at Tidal Wave Auto Spa, 2821 NC Hwy 210 E, Hampstead - Wash the salt and sand from your car, and help sea turtles at the same time! Proceeds benefit KBSTRRC. Click here for more information.
Saturday, September 16, 8:00 AM - SURF TO SOUND 5K, held at Soundside Park, Surf City. Whether you're an experienced runner, an occasional jogger, or simply looking for a fun run/walk across the Surf City Bridge, the Surf to Sound 5K is the perfect way to celebrate KBSTRRC's 25th Anniversary and the wonderful community in which we live! Event proceeds benefit KBSTRRC. Click here for more information and to register.
Tuesday, September 19, 4:00 - 7:00 PM - SHOP IT FORWARD, held at Mia's Marketplace, 14061 NC Hwy 50, Surf City. Join us for a fun night of shopping, door prizes, light refreshments, and giving back! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to KBSTRRC. Click here for more information.
Wednesday, October 24 & Thursday, October 25, 9:00 AM - EDUCATION DAYS at KBSTRRC. Offering FREE educational tours for school children and their teachers. Learn about sea turtles and how you can help save and protect them! Click here for more information and to register.
Sunday, October 29, 8:30 AM - HAUNTED HUNDRED BIKE RIDE EVENT, starting from the Salty Turtle Beer Company, Surf City. Join the Salty Turtle Cycling Club with either a 100k or a 50k ride to benefit KBSTRRC! Click here for more information and to register.
ONGOING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES:
LIMITED EDITION STICKER - Take a tour of our Sea Turtle Hospital and receive a commemorative 25th anniversary sticker with every ticket purchased! Additional stickers may be purchased in our Gift Shop. Click here to Book your Tour!
SEA TURTLE SNOBALL at PELICAN'S SNOBALLS - Buy a special Sea Turtle SnoBall or include a Sea Turtle Gummy with any SnoBall and a donation will be made to KBSTRRC! 204 N New River Drive, Surf City.
SHOP the SEA TURTLE COLLECTION at OUR STATE STORE - Featuring items from a variety of local artisans celebrating the remarkable sea turtles that make their home on North Carolina's coast, a portion of the proceeds from the Our State Store's Sea Turtle Collection will benefit KBSTRRC! Click here to shop the collection.
SEA TURTLE PICKLE BALL PADDLE - Buy a special edition Sea Turtle Pickle Ball Paddle, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to KBSTRRC! Click here to see the paddle.
THE TURTLES WELCOME YOU BACK! CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION.
ADMISSION (PLUS sales tax & fees):
$7.00 General Admission (Ages 13-61) $6.00 Military (Active Duty and Veterans) $6.00 Seniors (Ages 62 and up) $5.00 Children (Ages 3-12) $0.00 Babies and Toddlers (Ages 0-2) (Babies are free but a ticket is still required to save their spot!)
We are a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization - POWERED BY VOLUNTEERS EIN: 56-1967579
This conservation work for protected sea turtles at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and on Topsail Island is authorized by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, ES Permit 23ST05.