Are you interested in volunteering as a group such as  your office, club, or school? Please click here to complete our online group volunteer form.

Click here to view our at-a-glance calendar  for dates of our 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!

Team Mosaic Volunteers

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.

 

Oyster Shell Bar Project to Restore McKay Bay

October 18-19, November 1-2 & 16-17, 9 am - Noon

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to create an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of McKay Bay on selected dates from 9am - noon. The project location is Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St., Tampa, FL 33605.

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 15 years old.

The goal is to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion of the shoreline and improve water quality through natural biological filtration. Click here to learn more about oyster shell restoration.

 

Click on a date below to register!

October 18  |  October 19

November 1  |  November 2  |  November 16  |  November 17

 

Harvest Native Grasses

Tuesday, October 30, 9 am - Noon

Volunteers are needed to harvest plugs of Seashore paspalum from the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center, 6650 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, FL 33572, which will be used in our community planting event to restore Rock Ponds on the morning of October 31.

Planting marsh is an important environmental tool for restoring lost coastal habitat and preventing erosion. Click here to read more on salt marsh restoration.

 

Click here to register to harvest!

 

High Marsh Planting at Rock Ponds

Wednesday, October 31, 9am - noon

Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with SWFWMD, is recruiting volunteers for a high marsh planting of paspalum at the Rock Ponds Borrow Pit in Ruskin. The address of the meeting location is 4235 Lavender Road, Ruskin, FL 33570.

 

Click here to register for the planting.

 

 

Oyster Dome Construction

October and November,

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!

Learn more about oyster domes here.

 

Click a date below to register:

October 11  |  October 16October 29

November 6  |  November 14

 

 

 

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