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:

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August 15-23, 2020 - DIY Great Bay Scallop Search

It's time to wear a different kind of mask!

Tampa Bay Watch aims to recruit volunteer boaters to snorkel selected sites within Boca Ciega and Lower Tampa Bay for the elusive bay scallops. This year’s Scallop Search will be do-it-yourself from August 15 -23 due to COVID-19. The goal of the Great Bay Scallop Search is to monitor and document the health and status of the bay scallop population. Read more about the Scallop Search. We mainly recruit volunteers with shallow draft boats, but have limited spots for canoes and kayaks. This year we will not register volunteer snorkelers who do not have boats due to the pandemic. At each site, a weighted transect line 50 meters in length is laid along seagrass beds. Snorkelers count scallops along each side of the transect line, within one meter of each side, creating a 100 square meter survey area. Sign up fast for this free event, and help us tally up the bay scallop population in Tampa Bay!

Thank you to Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and Tampa Bay Estuary Program for sponsoring this event.

Update: We had an overwhelming response to participate in the Scallop Search and it is already full. Please contact Rachel Arndt at rarndt@tampabaywatch.org if you’re interested in being on our waiting list. Availability is based on equipment being returned from other participants within the August 15-23 timeframe.

Canoes/kayaks must work in teams of a minimum of three vessels per team to cover the site. If you have less than three vessels in your group, you will be matched with other kayakers in order to cover the site.We appreciate your support!

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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. 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

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: