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.
Bird Nesting Island Cleanup
September 23 - October 8
Bird Nesting Island Cleanup: The 24th Annual Monofilament Cleanup, sponsored by Tampa Bay Watch and Audubon Florida, supported by Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, will take place throughout the week of September 23 through October 8.
We are recruiting volunteers with boats to remove tangled fishing line from mangroves and shorelines of Tampa Bay’s colonial bird nesting islands.
Saturday, October 7 (Rescheduled from 9/23)
In honor of National Estuaries Day, Tampa Bay Watch in partnership with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, is recruiting volunteers for a land- and sea-based cleanup on Saturday, October 7, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Additionally, we are partnering with the Ocean Conservancy for their International Coastal Cleanup, in the hopes of compiling debris data and joining hands to think globally but act locally.
The majority of the volunteers on needed on land to clean the shorelines, but volunteers are welcome to bring their own kayak or canoe to participate in the water-based cleanup.
Click one of these locations to register:
Coffee Pot Bayou (canoes and kayaks only)
Build oyster domes with us
Weekday mornings in September
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 the following dates to register for the project:
Join us at Fantasy Island!
Oyster shell project on the mornings of October 4, 5, & 6
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of Fantasy 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 a date below to register as a volunteer.
Salt Marsh Harvest
9 am - Noon each day
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to harvest plugs of salt marsh and/or seashore paspalum from Port Manatee which will be used in our planting event on Saturday, October 14 (see below for that event) at Apollo Beach Nature Preserve.
Salt marsh planting projects are an environmental tool for restoring lost coastal habitat. Read more about them here.
The address of Port Manatee for this harvest project is 14495 Harlee Rd, Palmetto, 34221-9620.
Click on date below to register as a volunteer:
9 am - Noon
Volunteers are needed to plant salt marsh and seashore paspalum which will provide further stabilization and prevent future erosion threats of Apollo Beach Nature Preserve. The preserve implemented wave break structures a few years ago to correct erosion issues, and the new plants will contribute to the success of the project now that the sediment has accumulated.
The project is 9am - noon and we'll meet at Apollo Beach Nature Preserve 6760 Surfside Blvd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572.
Oyster Dome Installation
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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