ABOUT TURTLE TROT CAMPAIGN
Family friendly activity to encourage people to step up for the wild!
The Turtle Trot is designed to help keep you active and inspired to support animal wellness and conservation. This program unites us in support of vital causes to keep both animals and humans safe, healthy, and happy.
The Zoological Society of New Jersey is the non-profit arm of Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. Proceeds will be instrumental in retaining staff and resources to ensure leading animal welfare and conservation efforts in a time where revenue is desperately in need.
Once registration is completed, participants will record daily step counts to achieve a goal of their choice to be completed by the end of the program. These goals range from a 5K to an ultra-marathon completed over the life of the program. Steps are calculated by integrations with today’s most popular smartphones, watches, and apps. Participants are encouraged to raise funds in association with challenge achievements.
You can complete your fitness activity anywhere - visit to the Zoo, circle the South Mountain Reservation, trot around your neighborhood or even on a treadmill! If trotting outside be sure to practice social distancing from others while participating in the Turtle Trot!
For the last 58 years, Essex County Turtle Back Zoo has brought people together as a leading tourist attraction in New Jersey. Today, we continue to leverage this unique ability to inspire our communities to come together in a safe and responsible manner.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSOR!
Join As An Individual
Joining is easy! Participants will be asked to contribute or raise $25 to register for the challenge. Once registration is completed, participants will record daily step counts to achieve a goal. These goals range from a virtual 5k to an ultra-marathon completed over the duration of the Turtle Trot. Steps are calculated by integrations with today’s most popular smartphones, watches, and apps. Participants are encouraged to raise funds in association with challenge achievements.
Join Or Form A Team!
Motivation is always best in groups! Start your own nest by creating a fundraising team. Register your family, school, class, business, friends’ group, or organization and enlist your connections to participate. There are added incentives for team achievements. Round up your people for a great cause.
Step up for the wild! In addition to our fundraising goals, Turtle Trot aims to keep our participants active and inspired to support animal wellness and conservation! Each year, Scientists follow a Pacific leatherback turtle in waters off the U.S. West Coast. The endangered turtles migrate 7,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean to feed on jellyfish off the coast of North America. While certainly not to that scale, our participants will be rewarded for step challenges of their own design. Our collective goal is to virtually traverse the perimeter of New Jersey (480 miles) multiple times!