World Turtle Day

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World Turtle Day
Date May 23
Next time23 May 2021 (2021-05-23)
Eastern box turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina Eastern box turtle.jpg
Eastern box turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina

The purpose of World Turtle Day, May 23, sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. [1] [2] [3]


World Turtle Day is celebrated around the globe in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles or wearing green summer dresses, to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities. Turtle Day lesson plans and craft projects encourage teaching about turtles in classrooms. [4]

Promoting organizations

Founded in 1990, American Tortoise Rescue is the founding sponsor of World Turtle Day invented by Miss E. Russell. [5] The term "WORLD TURTLE DAY" is trademarked by Susan Tellem of Malibu, California. [6]

Featured in Chase's Book of Annual Events, [7] the day was created as an annual observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.

In 2013, over 160 free Turtle Day lesson plans and teaching materials were sent out to classrooms for use with over 5,500 students. Lesson plans were provided by the Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group (TTPG), an organization that is open to all people interested in the welfare of chelonians.

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  6. "USPTO trademark #4635425".