2024 Sea Turtle Celebration and Fundraiser

Greetings, Turtle Lovers!

Staff and Board of the Caretta Research Project are excited to announce that our annual fundraiser, A Night on the River - Beaulieu will be held on Thursday, April 25!

The Caretta Research Project (CRP) is a hands-on research, conservation and education program dedicated to studying and protecting loggerhead sea turtles on Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge. In the 1960-70's, Georgia’s loggerheads faced many threats, leading to population declines. Savannah Science Museum, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Wassaw Island Trust recognized this decline and initiated the CRP.

The CRP is the longest continuously-run sea turtle tagging project in the US, and it is the only project in this country that invites the public to work beside biologists to help protect these magnificent animals.

Over the last 51 years, the CRP has celebrated much success due to our conservation efforts on Wassaw. These include:

  • Significantly increasing the numbers of nests and individual turtles nesting since 1973
  • Tagging and studying 2,117 individual turtles
  • Protecting 6,067 nests, releasing over 418,700 hatchlings
  • Involving more than 3,700 people from all 50 states and 6 countries in hands-on sea turtle research and conservation
  • Producing 60+ scientific publications and 30 presentations

This year, CRP’s annual fundraiser will be hosted at beautiful Beaulieu, on the Vernon River.  This is an al fresco event, casual and comfortable, with live entertainment, libations, Big Bon Pizza and the Red Taco Truck, and an exclusive silent auction.  

On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors, we hope you will join us in celebrating CRP’s successful conservation efforts!

Hope to see you on the River!

Sincerely yours,

Kris W. Carroll, Executive Director (WassawCRP@aol.com) 912-704-9323

Carrie Bazemore, Board of Directors President (carriebazemore@icloud.com) 912-844-2038


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Sponsor Levels 2023

Auction Donation Form

Donations are kindly accepted HERE

2024 Fundraiser Sponsors

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Silent Auction Donors:


‍G - Cathy Sakas

All-Day Naturalist Trip to Wassaw with John "Crawfish" Crawford

Blackwater Paddle for Two on Ebenezer Creek - Wilderness Southeast

3/4 Day Tarpon Fishing Trip - Silver Dream Charters


30 x 40 Original Framed Sea Turtle Oil Painting - Caroline Guenthner


Shell Mirror - Ruth Weimar


Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon - 23 year - Randall's Beverage Center