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.
If you would like to register a group larger than five volunteers, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Rachel Arndt, directly in lieu of registering through the online system. Thank you!
Build Oyster Domes at Tampa Bay Watch
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.
Oysters need to attach to a hard structure to grow into adults and the rough texture of the domes makes it easier for oysters to grow. Oyster communities help stabilize shorelines, provide hard bottom habitats for fish and wildlife resources and promote water quality improvements in the Tampa Bay ecosystem. Learn more about the oyster dome program here.
Click one of the dates below to register!
Help Restore 2D Island
Thursday & Friday, February 23 & 24
9 am - Noon
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of 2D Island on February 23 & 24. The project involves shoveling fossilized shell 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.
The meeting location for is 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 date to register for this project:
Native Planting in Safety Harbor
9 am - Noon
Tampa Bay Watch in partnership with the City of Safety Harbor and Tampa Bay Estuary Program is recruiting 150 volunteers for a native planting of alterniflora, bakeri, buttonwood, and wax myrtle in Safety Harbor on the morning of Saturday, February 25 from 9am - noon.
The address of the meeting location is 110 Veterans Memorial Ln, Safety Harbor, FL 34695.
Native Planting at Fantasy Island
Thursday & Friday, March 2 & 3
9 am - Noon
We are recruiting volunteers to plant six different native species along the shoreline of Fantasy Island to complement the installed oyster domes and shell bar on March 2 & 3 from 9am - noon. This comprehensive ecosystem restoration plan will slow erosion and provide invaluable habitat and food source for wildlife.
The minimum age to participate is 13 years old.
The meeting location is 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 to register for this project:
Saturday, March 4
9 am - Noon
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to participate in our Mono-Clean-a-Thon by cleaning "mono" or fishing line on Saturday, March 4 from 9am - noon at our Marine Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde.
This line was collected from our 170 monotubes or fishing line recycling stations around Tampa Bay's popular fishing locations. Cleaning line involves sorting through it to remove debris and cutting out hooks and lures. Our goal is clean 50 miles of line which will sent to Berkeley Fishing to be recycled into fishing equipment or fish habitats.
Pitch In for Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup!
Saturday, March 18
9 am - Noon
Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful & Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, is recruiting volunteers to participate in the Great American Cleanup on Saturday, March 18 from 9am-noon. This event is family-friendly and open to all ages. The majority of the volunteers are needed on land, but a few kayaks or canoes are needed at each site.
Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup is the nation's largest community improvement program taking place annually from March 1 through May 31, involving an estimated 2.8 million volunteers across the country. Tampa Bay Watch sees the cleanup as an important way to help clean up human-generated trash in the park as well as marine debris that floats onto the shorelines from Tampa Bay and Gulf of Mexico.
Click on a site below to register today!
Coffee Pot Bayou in St. Pete (for kayakers only)
We also need one small support boat, like a skiff, to aid kayakers at the Coffee Pot site. Click here to email Rachel if you can volunteer your boat.
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