Scheduled projects at Tampa Bay Watch

We couldn’t accomplish any of our restoration or education goals without the help of our active volunteer base! Volunteers of all ages from children to retirees help in habitat restoration projects, lend a hand at our annual fundraisers, and represent our organization at community events to increase awareness. In 2019, approximately 2,000 volunteers from corporate groups, families, individuals, and more helped us accomplish our mission. Still have questions? Click here!

Upcoming events:

March 17, 2020

Dear Friends of Tampa Bay:

We’re reaching out to let you know how Tampa Bay Watch is responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our supporters, volunteers, and staff; therefore we have suspended all scheduled volunteer projects, environmental education field trips, and special events. We will continue to monitor and reassess the situation in order to resume our programs as soon as it is safe for everyone.

While it is necessary and prudent to take these precautions and be mindful of the risks associated with Coronavirus, the bay still needs us. Tampa Bay Watch will continue all office and field work that can be done safely and within CDC and government guidelines. We also have implemented a contingency plan to enable our employees to work from home where possible.

Our mission—restoring and protecting vital bay habitat and educating the next generation of environmental stewards—remains critical, now and when this crisis passes. Together, with your support, we’ll continue to build a healthy and resilient bay. Thank you for your continued support of Tampa Bay Watch. Together we will return from this brief pause in our programming, stronger and more grateful than ever for the life we enjoy in and around our beautiful Tampa Bay. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Stay safe and healthy,

Peter A. Clark, president and founder

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Discovery Center Volunteers Needed

Tampa Bay Watch seeks volunteers ages 16 and over for our new Discovery Center located on the new St. Pete pier opening later in 2020. Docents/volunteers are needed to give facility tours, answer questions, and monitor the exhibits and touch tanks.  Familiarity with coastal ecosystems is helpful but not required. A passion for the environment is highly desired. For more information contact Heidi Blair, Discovery Center Operations Manager, at hblair@tampabaywatch.org

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Stay tuned for new date announcements!

Oyster Reef Ball Construction

Selected weekday mornings from 9 AM - Noon

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting 10-20 hardworking volunteers to help build oyster reef balls at our Marine Center in Tierra Verde. The project involves pouring marine-friendly concrete into a fiberglass mold to create oyster reef balls and taking apart the molds that were previously poured.

This project is entirely on land and the reef balls will be installed at a later date and will ultimately provide a hard structure 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.

The minimum age to participate is 16 years old. It’s a dirty job, but it’ll make a difference for Tampa Bay!

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 find out more about helping out as an outreach volunteer.

Interested in volunteering as a group such as your office, club, or school? Click here to sign up.

Contact Rachel Arndt with questions about volunteering at Tampa Bay Watch: