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.

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.

Click on a date below to register for this project!

Thursday, October 8 | Friday, October 9 | Saturday, October 10

build oyster domes at tampa bay watch!

October 12, 19, & 26
9 AM - Noon each day

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting 10-20 hard-working volunteers to helpbuild oyster domes at our Marine Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde. The project takes place on specified weekday mornings from 9 am until noon. The minimum age to participate in this project is 16 years old. The project involves pouring marine-friendly concrete into fiberglass molds to create oysterdomes and taking apart the molds that were previously poured.

Click on a date below to register.

Mon, Oct 12 | Mon, Oct 19 | Mon, Oct 26

Macdill air force base
oyster shell bar

October 21-23

We are recruiting volunteers to build an oyster shell bar to restore the shoreline of MacDill AFB on Wednesday, October 21, Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23. Click on date below to register for the project. 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 & the expiration date of your license for MacDill's security clearance. The minimum age for volunteers is 18 years old for this project. You must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and car insurance to drive onto the base.

Click on a date below to register.

Wed, Oct 21 | Thurs, Oct 22 | Fri, Oct 23

salt marsh harvesters needed

November 9-13
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.

Click on a date below to register.

Nov 9 | Nov 10 | Nov 11 | Nov 12 | Nov 13


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.

Click here to register for the project!