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You can make a difference for turtles by purchasing Molly's Turtle Soap. All proceeds support native NC turtles, their habitat, and conservation education. Give a gift that gives twice!

Molly's Turtle Soap can be purchased/ordered here:

NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the Nature Research Center - 
11 W. Jones St, Raleigh, 919-733-7450 ext. 369

BHI Conservancy - 700 Federal Rd, Bald Head Island, 910-457-0089

Hammocks Beach State Park - 1572 Hammocks Beach Rd, Swansboro, 910-326-4881

Turtle Soap also supports:

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Cary

Bass Lake Park, Holly Springs - Turtle Fest is held every May

In 2006, Molly's family adopted two red-eared sliders (RES) named Bella and Ella. As Molly learned more about keeping turtles she not only developed a passion for all aquatic creatures but also became aware that few organizations exist which help to re-home pet turtles. These pets can live for a decade or more and there are few resources available in the US to help owners who can no longer keep their turtles. Raleigh Aquatic Turtle Adoption (RATA) was born when Wimbley and Abby joined Bella and Ella in "Lab 15" which is the room where Molly tends to many of her aquatic pets.

Message from Molly:


Dear Friends,

After a decade helping hundreds of pet turtles find new homes around the country, I am bringing this aspect of RATA to a close as I complete my senior year of high school and transition to college. Working with hundreds of families over the years has been incredibly rewarding and I am so glad that together we helped many pets find new families.

Molly's Turtle Soap remains for sale in the gift shops listed above and I hope to expand to online sales this year. Also, STEM Leadership Camp will continue to be a business that I work on. 

Thank you for your support and encouragement over the years and please keep in touch on Twitter @MollyPaul_.


More about Molly

Member, Citizen Science Association
Member, NCPARC (North Carolina Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation)
Member, NC Herpetological Association


AXA Achievement Community Award

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award

Friends of Hemlock Bluffs Board of Directors

Media appearance, Carolina Week television program
Panel moderator, Women + Girls Leadership Alliance Summit

Morning speaker, NC Assoc. of Environmental Education Centers Annual Meeting

Invited speaker, Student Technology Conference #StuTech2016

State Farm Youth Advisory Board

Women & Girls Initiative Advisory Board, NC Council for Women

RATA celebrates 10 years

Be Your Own Muse

Invited speaker, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, celebrating the newly released book "It's Your World" by Chelsea Clinton

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Invited speaker, WINnovation: Women Inspiring Innovation

Invited speaker, 2nd Women & Girl's Initiative
North Carolina Council for Women, #takecouragenc

Regional winner, Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program

Delegate, UN General Assembly commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth, #youthnow

    Ms. Vivian Onano

Invited speaker, The Franciscan School Earth Day celebration

StoryCorps interview with Dr. Emlyn Koster

Invited speaker, EF Global Student Leaders Summit, Costa Rica


Invited panelist, Action for Nature PanelAssociation of Science-Technology Centers 2014 Annual Conference, Dimensions 

Dr. Hayat Sindi

Community member designee and invited speaker, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, National Medal for Museum and Library Service, IMLS, White House IMLS Medal Ceremony

photo by J Pishney, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Congressman David Price

CLIMB 365 Leadership Journey Honoree, Blog

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center Student Leadership Award

The Jane Goodall Institute Roots and Shoots National Youth Leadership Council

ABC 11 Sylvan Cool Kid Award

Midtown Magazine Nov/Dec

Invited speaker, 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Stevens Nature Center, Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve

Invited speaker, First North Carolina Congress of Herpetology

City of Raleigh Environmental Youth Award

Certificate of Appreciation, Town of Cary

The President's Volunteer Service Award

Junior League of Raleigh SPREE! Young Entrepreneur Program Winner

"Kids Who Make a Difference", Carolina Parent

NC Wildlife Federation Governor's Conservation Achievement Award, North Carolina Youth Conservationist of the Year

Action for Nature International Young Eco-Hero

The News & Observer includes turtle soap in the Holiday Gift Guide

RATA celebrates five years