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.
national estuaries day cleanup
Saturday, September 26
9 AM - Noon
In honor of National Estuaries Day, Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers for a land- and sea-based cleanup of four sites in Tampa Bay on Saturday, September 26, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
National Estuaries Day is the nation’s largest volunteer event for estuaries in our country. It is an annual celebration of the vibrant and essential coastal areas where rivers meet the sea. Held on the last Saturday of September each year, National Estuaries Day is a terrific opportunity to learn more about estuaries and the perfect excuse to spend a day on your local bay.
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Coffee Pot Bayou in St. Pete (for kayakers only)
boaters needed for bird nesting island cleanup
Another National Estuaries Day Event
The 22nd Annual Monofilament Cleanup, sponsored by Tampa Bay Watch and Audubon of Florida, and supported by Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and Restore America's Estuaries, will take place throughout the week of Saturday, September 26 through Sunday, October 4. We are recruiting volunteers with boats to remove tangled fishing line from mangroves and shorelines of Tampa Bay’s colonial bird nesting islands.
Help Build an Oyster Shell Bar at Maximo Park
October 8, 9 & 10
From 9 AM - Noon each day
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to build an oyster shell bar to restore the shoreline of Maximo Park. Oyster shell projects involve shoveling fossilized shell into mesh bags, transporting the bags to the project site 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. The minimum age to participate is 15 years old. Maximo Park is located at 34th St. & Pinellas Point Dr. S. in St. Petersburg.
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salt marsh harvesters needed
9 AM - Noon
Volunteers are needed to harvest plugs of salt marsh from Port Manatee during the weekday mornings November 9-13, from 9 am until Noon, which will be used in our epic planting event on Saturday, November 14 (see below) at Rock Ponds.
The address of Port Manatee is 14495 Harlee Rd, Port Manatee, 34221-9620.
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A SALT MARSH PLANTING FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
Saturday, November 14
9 AM - Noon
Tampa Bay Watch needs your help for the largest salt marsh planting in our history on Saturday, November 14 from 9 am until Noon!
We are recruiting 400 volunteers to plant salt marsh to restore the Rock Ponds which is near Ruskin, just north of Port Manatee. This project aims to create critical coastal wetland habitat that will restore essential fish and wildlife habitats, and aid in the improvement of water quality from pollution due to urban and agricultural runoff. The Rock Ponds is the largest wetland restoration site in Tampa Bay. The site was historically agriculture fields, shell mining pits, and dominated by non-native and nuisance plant species.