VOLUNTEERING AT TAMPA BAY WATCH
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.
Native Planting at Fort De Soto Park
Friday, November 30
9 am - Noon
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers for a native planting on the shoreline of Fort De Soto Park on Friday, November 30, 9am - noon. We will meet within Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde FL 33715. Exact meeting location within the park will be emailed to you in a reminder message prior to the event. Click here to read more about salt marsh restoration.
MacDill Air Force Base Oyster Dome Installation
December 6 & 7
9 am - Noon each day
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install oyster domes on the shoreline of MacDill Air Force Base on December 6 & 7 from 9am - noon on each day.
This project involves heavy lifting of approximately 75 pounds, as each oyster dome weighs around 150 pounds. Each dome will be installed with two people sharing the weight and unloading the domes from a trailer onto the shoreline.
The minimum age to participate is 18 years old. You must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and car insurance to drive onto the base. We'll ask you for some personal info in the volunteer registration process: your full name, the state who issued your driver's license, driver's license number, & the expiration date of your driver's license for MacDill's security clearance.
Click on a date below to register!
MacDill Air Force Base Oyster Shell Project
9 am - Noon
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of MacDill Air Force Base on December 14 from 9am - noon.
Oyster shell projects involve shoveling fossilized shell into mesh bags, transporting the bags to the project site and placing oyster shell bags on the shoreline to create a series of oyster bars. It is pretty physical labor with oyster shell bags weighing around 30 pounds each, so the minimum age to participate is 18 years old.
You must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and car insurance to drive onto the base. We'll ask you for some personal info in the volunteer registration process: your full name, the state who issued your driver's license, driver's license number, & the expiration date of your driver's license for MacDill's security clearance.
Oyster Dome Construction
9 am - Noon
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting 10-20 hard-working volunteers to help build oyster domes at our Marine Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde. The project takes place from 9 am until noon.
The minimum age to participate in this project is 16 years old. The project involves pouring marine friendly concrete into a fiberglass mold containing a large round buoy surrounded by smaller rubber balls, creating the holes in the oyster domes. Microsilica is mixed with the concrete to balance the pH so oysters are attracted to the domes.
This project is physically demanding in requiring bending, crouching, and some heavy lifting. It’s a dirty job, but it’ll make a difference for Tampa Bay!
Stay tuned for more dates!
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