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!

Volunteers are not currently required to wear face masks at our habitat restoration projects, but they are optional for those who wish to wear them.

Upcoming events:

Ghost Trap Rodeo

Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with Ocean Aid 360, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and CCA is coordinating a Ghost Trap Rodeo on Saturday, January 22, 9am to 1pm. There will be two locations: Fort De Soto Park boat ramp and Belleair boat ramp.

Click here to register to volunteer.


Oyster reef ball construction: 9 AM - Noon on specified dates

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to build oyster reef balls at Tampa Bay Watch Marine Education Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL 33715. The minimum age to participate is fifteen years old.

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. These reef balls will be installed at a later date to stabilize shorelines and prevent erosion while creating habitat similar to natural oyster communities found along shoreline areas throughout Tampa Bay.

Click below to register for reef ball construction dates:
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Discovery Center Volunteers Needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Tampa Bay Watch seeks volunteers ages 16 and over for our new Discovery Center located on the new St. Pete Pier. 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 Erin McGrath at emcgrath@tampabaywatch.org.

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.

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