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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!

Our volunteer projects are winding down for the summer due to the heat and our focus turns primarily to marine science camps for kids. Stay tuned for our fall volunteer project dates!

Volunteers are not currently required to wear face masks at our habitat restoration projects, but they are optional for those who wish to wear them.

Upcoming events:

27th Annual Great Bay Scallop Search

Saturday, August 20, 9 AM - 1 PM

Fort De Soto Park boat ramp

Tampa Bay Watch is seeking 40 volunteer boaters to snorkel selected sites within Boca Ciega and Lower Tampa Bay to identify bay scallops. At each site, a weighted 50-meter long transect line is laid along seagrass beds. Snorkelers count scallops along each side of the transect line, within one meter of each side, creating a 100 square meter survey area.
We mainly recruit volunteers with shallow draft boats, but we have limited spots for canoes and kayaks. We also accept registrations from snorkelers without boats, but participation depends on a boater having room for you aboard their vessel.
The goal of the Great Bay Scallop Search is to monitor and document the health and status of the bay scallop population. Read more about the Scallop Search here.
Thank you for your interest in participating, but the 2022 Great Bay Scallop Search is full.

Cheer on the Tampa Bay Rowdies when they host Atlanta United on Saturday, August 27 at 7:30pm on Nonprofit Night! Tickets are $25 with $5 of the ticket coming back to the Tampa Bay Watch. Tickets to this event will be in section 301 and there will be a fireworks show on the field after the game. Purchase your tickets here.

image: discovery center at dawn

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: