Click here to view our at-a-glance calendar  for dates of fall restoration projects

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 contact us if you'd like to become an outreach volunteer!



Volunteers are the lifeblood of Tampa Bay Watch! They accomplish restoration and protection activities we could never afford hired staff to complete. Youth and adult volunteers are involved each year in a variety of hands-on habitat restoration projects such as oyster dome construction, oyster shell bar installation, salt marsh plantings and coastal cleanups to help the bay recover from its devastating environmental problems. Volunteers of all ages participate in our projects. Our coastal cleanups and salt marsh plantings are family-friendly and open to all ages. If you would like to be kept informed of our numerous volunteer opportunities, complete our online registration so you will receive our weekly email message which advertises our upcoming environmental restoration projects.


Contact Rachel Arndt, communications coordinator, with questions about any of these upcoming events! Call 727-867-8166, extension 233, or Click here to Email Rachel.


Are you interested in volunteering as a group such as with your office, club or school?

Please click here to complete our online group volunteer form to reach our Volunteer Coordinator with more details.


The 24th Annual Great Bay Scallop Search

Saturday, August 26

9 am - 1 pm

Don your snorkel and suit: The Great Bay Scallop Search date has been set for Saturday, August 26. We are recruiting 200 volunteer snorkelers to search for scallops in select areas within Boca Ciega and Lower Tampa Bay. The goal of the event is to monitor and document the health and status of the bay scallop population. Sign up fast for this free event, and help us tally up the bay scallop population in Tampa Bay!

We mainly recruit volunteers with shallow draft boats, but we have limited spots for canoes and kayaks. We also accommodate volunteer snorkelers without boats by matching them with boaters who have room aboard their vessel.


Click here to read more about the Scallop Search.​


Registration is full for this event! Stay tuned for next year's Great Bay Scallop Search!




Harvest Native Grasses at Port Manatee

Wednesday, Sept. 6

9 am - Noon

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to harvest seashore paspalum at Port Manatee on Wednesday, September 6 from 9am - noon.

These grasses will be used in our planting event on Friday, September 8 at Rock Ponds.


Click here to register to volunteer.



High Marsh Planting at Rock Ponds Borrow Pit

Friday, Sept. 8

9 am - Noon


Tampa Bay Watch in partnership with SWFWMD is recruiting 40 volunteers for a high marsh planting of seashore paspalum at the Rock Ponds Borrow Pit in Ruskin on the morning of Friday, September 8 from 9am - noon.

Click here to register to volunteer.



Volunteer Outreach Training

September 11 or 12


Are you a people person? Join the Tampa Bay Watch Outreach Team!

Tampa Bay Watch is looking for friendly volunteers to represent our organization at community events such as corporate fairs, outdoor festivals, and farmer’s markets.

As an outreach volunteer, you will educate the public about Tampa Bay Watch, including our mission, our restoration and conservation projects, and our volunteer and membership opportunities.

Attend one of our informative outreach volunteer training workshops (below) to learn more about the overall mission of Tampa Bay Watch so that you’ll be able to comfortably represent us at community events. The training will include a tour of our facility and a presentation on our restoration and education programs. Food will be provided.


Held at the Tampa Bay Watch Marine and Education Center.


Monday, September 11 from 12-1 pm


Tuesday, September 12 from 6-7 pm


RSVP by September 5 to Rachel Arndt by Email or phone (727-867-8166, x233).




3000 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Tel: 727-867-8166 | Fax: 727-867-8188