Virtual Costa Rica: Save a baby turtle and entertain your kids!

For the first time I’m doing TWO Daily Boosts in one day because this is just too cool not to share immediately. As I’ve shared on my Costa Rica COVID-19 page, the nonprofit Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) is in danger of cancelling all its spring programming because its volunteer groups – which help support the organization financially while also doing the grunt work of protecting baby turtles from poachers and harsh weather – all had to cancel their Costa Rica visits. Therefore, LAST is doing an urgent fundraising drive that can also entertain your kids and transport your family, at least for a few moments, to a Costa Rican beach!

Here’s how, taken from the LAST Facebook page:

1. Select a name for a #babyturtle 🐢 with your kid(s), draw it ✏️ and color it 🖍️ together.
2. Post it on social media with the hashtag #mybabyturtlecr and tag Latin American Sea Turtles – LAST.
3. Tag 5 other parents you know.
4. You can also #adopt the turtle by donating through this campaign in collaboration with Amigos of Costa Rica:

LAST will share the 5 most liked drawings on Tuesday. Please join in and share this with parents you know, or teachers who might like to have their students participate! (The kid in my house has already named her turtle: Turty the Tortoise.) 

Is your community doing creative stuff to drum up support for those affected by the crisis? I’d love to hear about it! Comment here or write me at, because you know what? This LAST campaign came about because one overwhelmed mom mentioned the problem to another overwhelmed mom who mentioned it to another and she to another. Seriously. This is how we’re going to get through this.

I’m a writer in San José, Costa Rica, on a year-long quest to share daily posts on inspiring people, places and ideas from my adopted home as a kind of tonic during a rough time in the world. Sign up (top right of this page) to receive a little dose of inspiration every weekday in your mailbox; tell a friend; check out past posts; and please connect with me on Instagram or Facebook! During the COVID-19 crisis I’m focusing on slices of Costa Rican life that people can enjoy virtually during these tough times. If you see a great Costa Rica cam, FB Live, online class, photo series or other gem being shared from Costa Rica, let me know! If you want to learn more about how to support Costa Rica during the crisis, visit my COVID-19 section, updated regularly.