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!
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.
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.
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!
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