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 contact us if you'd like to become an outreach volunteer!

VOLUNTEERING at tampa bay watch

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.

mckay bay oyster shell project

April 23

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to build an oyster shell bar to restore the shoreline of McKay Bay on Thursday, April 23 from 9 am until Noon.

The meeting location is Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St., Tampa, 33605. The minimum age to participate is 15 years old

Click here to register!

macdill air force base
oyster shell project

May 7-8

We are recruiting volunteers to build an oyster shell bar to restore the shoreline of MacDill AFB from 9 am until Noon on Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8. (Click on date below to register for the project.)

Please note: Due to security measures at MacDill, we'll need some personal information from you in the registration process: your middle initial, the state who issued your driver's license, driver's license number, and the expiration date of your license.

The minimum age for volunteers on this project is 18 years old. You must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and car insurance to drive onto the base.

Thursday, May 7 | Friday, May 8

help harvest salt marsh!

May 11-15

Volunteers are needed to harvest plugs of salt marsh from Port Manatee from 9 am until Noon on May 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 which will be used in our planting event on Saturday, May 16 at Rock Ponds (see event below).

The address of Port Manatee is 14495 Harlee Rd, Port Manatee, 34221-9620. This is a very muddy project; you will get dirty! Please wear clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting wet and mucky.

Click on date to register to harvest. The project is from 9am until Noon each day.

Monday, May 11
Tuesday, May 12
Wednesday, May 13
Thursday, May 14
Friday, May 15

salt marsh planting
at rock ponds

May 16

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting 400 volunteers to plant salt marsh to restore the Rock Ponds (which is near Ruskin, just north of Port Manatee) on Saturday, May 16 from 9 am until Noon.

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 and shell mining pits, and is dominated by non-native and nuisance plant species.

Click here to register!

why do you restore the bay?

Greetings, friends! Every day, names come across my desk- Names of new members, veteran supporters, first-time donors and volunteers of all capacities. More importantly, these are the names that make the work we do a reality. This year, I’m adding faces to names by asking one question…Why do you Restore the Bay Every Day?

I’ll be the first to answer.

I Restore the Bay because there's nothing better to me than salty days in the mangrove trails netting fiddler crabs with my family. I restore the Bay because I cherish the moment a nest of loggerhead sea turtles hatch right before my eyes (one of the best days of my life). I Restore the Bay Every Day because I'm totally devoted to my role of Membership Coordinator at Tampa Bay Watch.

Tell me why you help us Restore the Bay Every Day and you may be featured in an upcoming Tampa Bay Watch Spotlight! Email a photo of yourself enjoying the bay to accompany your short answer to this question: Why do you Restore the Bay Every Day? Be sure to include your name, member or volunteer status as well as contact information. To us, names and faces make all the difference.

Contact: Michelle Tepper, Membership Coordinator, Tampa Bay Watch Volunteer since 1998, Member since 2014.