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Scheduled projects at Tampa Bay Watch

We couldn’t accomplish any of our restoration or education goals without the help of our active volunteer base! Volunteers of all ages from children to retirees help in habitat restoration projects, lend a hand at our annual fundraisers, and represent our organization at community events to increase awareness. On an annual basis, approximately 2,000 volunteers from corporate groups, families, individuals, and more help us accomplish our mission. Still have questions? Click here!

If you would like to volunteer with a group, please contact Rachel Arndt directly at rarndt@tampabaywatch.org

Upcoming events:

Oyster Reef Ball Construction

Weekday mornings from 9 AM - Noon

Join us at the Tampa Bay Watch Marine Education Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde to help build oyster reef balls!
This task involves pouring marine-friendly concrete into a fiberglass mold to create oyster reef balls, then taking apart the molds when dry. The reef balls will be installed at a future date to stabilize shorelines and prevent erosion while creating habitat similar to natural oyster communities found along shoreline areas throughout Tampa Bay. 

Click here to visit our webpage to learn more about reef balls. 

Click your preferred date(s) to register:

Lassing Park Living Shoreline Project

December 14 & 15

Meeting location is Lassing Park, 2042 Beach Dr SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Participate in this multi-year project to mitigate the erosion on the northern shore due to wave and wake action. Volunteers will create an oyster shell bar with a goal to restore lost habitat by promoting new oyster growth, ultimately improving water quality and providing food sources and habitat for many species.

Mono Clean-a-thon

Monday, December 12, 9 AM - Noon

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers for a “Mono Clean-a-thon” to clean mono, or fishing line, at Tampa Bay Watch Marine Education Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL 33715. The project involves sorting through the line to remove debris, then cutting out hooks and lures. Our goal is to clean 50 miles of line which will be sent to Berkley Fishing to be recycled into fishing equipment or fish habitats. 

Click here to register to volunteer for this event.

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Volunteer at the Discovery Center

Are you interested in helping the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center inspire visitors to become better stewards of Tampa Bay through conversation and education? Our Discovery Center on the St. Pete Pier is currently recruiting volunteers ages 16 and over to assist with outreach, education, and boat-based eco-tours. Please send an email to tbwdcfrontdesk@tampabaywatch.org and tell us a little bit about your interests and availability.

Be the face of Tampa Bay Watch!

Tampa Bay Watch regularly seeks outreach volunteers to represent our organization at community events such as MarineQuest and Ribfest. As an outreach volunteer, you’ll talk to people who come up to our display to find out more about our mission, our restoration projects, youth education, and volunteer and membership opportunities. Click here to find out more about helping out as an outreach volunteer.

Contact Rachel Arndt with questions about volunteering at Tampa Bay Watch: