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.
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.
Build oyster domes with us
9 am - Noon
We are 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 on specified weekday mornings 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 fiberglass molds to create oyster domes and taking apart the molds that were previously poured. Oyster communities help stabilize shorelines, provide hard bottom habitats for fish and wildlife resources and promote water quality improvements in the Tampa Bay ecosystem.
Click on a date below to register for the project:
Oyster Shell Restoration at 2D Island
October 19-20 & November 16-18
9 am - Noon each day
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of 2D Island. The project involves shoveling fossilized oyster shells into mesh bags, transporting the bags via boat 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, therefore the miminum age to participate is 15 years old.
We will meet at Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41, Riverview, FL 33578. The boat ramp is on the west side of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) where US 41 and the north side of the Alafia River intersect.
Click on the following dates to register.
Florida Microplastics Awareness Project Training
“In Florida, on average, one liter of water contains 7.6 pieces of plastic.” –plasticaware.org
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting twenty volunteers to participate in the Florida Microplastics Awareness Project Training on Monday November 6 from 6-8pm at our Marine Center in Tierra Verde. It's part of our new Citizens Science program.
Are you tired of seeing our beaches and waterways littered with plastic? WE ARE! Did you know that many plastics break down into smaller and smaller pieces, never able to biodegrade? These “microplastics” are a problem! Come learn about the hot topic of microplastics and complete training to join our team where you can help collect samples from local waterways, examine, and identify these microplastics utilizing laboratory techniques. Leave feeling empowered, and help educate our community, providing the knowledge to help implement action to protect wildlife and human health! *Training limited to 20 people. Must be 15 years or older to participate.
Oyster Dome Installation
November 28-December 1
(Rescheduled from 10/17-10/20)
9 am - 3 pm each day
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install oyster domes at Fantasy Island. This is a heavy project since oyster domes weigh over 150 pounds each. We'll have a crane to upload the domes to the barge to be placed on the shoreline, but we'll need help moving the domes in the water from the barge to the shoreline.
We will meet at Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41, Riverview, FL 33578. The boat ramp is on the west side of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) where US 41 and the north side of the Alafia River intersect. The minimum age to participate is 16 years old.
The project is 9am - 3pm on each day and lunch will be provided. If you can't stay for the full day, we could use your help in the morning or the afternoon.
Click on a date below to register as a volunteer:
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