Our Mission

Tampa Bay Watch is dedicated to fostering a healthy Tampa Bay watershed through community-driven restoration projects, education programs, and outreach initiatives.



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Discovery Center

Explore our educational space on the St. Pete Pier, featuring interactive exhibits, daily programs, and a touch tank full of animals from the estuary!

Together, we can bring life to the bay.

It takes a community to make lasting change and protect the future of Tampa Bay’s ecosystem.


Volunteer Calendar

Check out all of our upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Become A Member

Are you passionate about protecting our waterways? Take a stand for Tampa Bay’s future.

Our annual events are designed to educate, entertain, and strengthen the community.

Host an unforgettable occasion at our beautiful waterfront event space.

Coastal Cleanups

Uniting to confront marine debris

One of the greatest threats to our planet is marine debris. Marine debris impacts our human health, tourism economy, water quality, and wildlife. It’s estimated that 80% of marine debris comes from land-based sources, so tackling our plastic pollution problem begins with us!


How long does trash stick around?

Ever wondered how long certain products and materials last? Click on the cards below to discover the lifespan of common household items – the results may surprise you.

Toilet Paper
One Month
Two Months
10 Years
450 Years
Some Plastics

How can you make an impact?​

As a community deeply rooted in our love for the water, let’s work together to combat marine debris. Here are some ways to directly contribute to a healthier environment.

Ways to reduce environmental impact

Our approach

Tampa Bay Watch hosts three large-scale community cleanups a year, along with smaller efforts on a needed basis at various sites throughout the Tampa Bay region.

Keep an eye out to participate in March (Great American Cleanup), July, and September (International Coastal Cleanup).

Email Sara Brehm with questions about this program: [email protected]