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.
If you would like to register a group larger than five volunteers, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Rachel Arndt, directly in lieu of registering through the online system. Thank you!
Build Oyster Domes at Tampa Bay Watch
9 am - Noon
We are recruiting 10-20 hard-working volunteers to help build 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 oyster domes and taking apart the molds that were previously poured.
Oysters need to attach to a hard structure to grow into adults and the rough texture of the domes makes it easier for oysters to grow. Oyster communities help stabilize shorelines, provide hard bottom habitats for fish and wildlife resources and promote water quality improvements in the Tampa Bay ecosystem. Learn more about the oyster dome program here.
Upcoming dates (click to register):
Help Restore McKay Bay
9 am - Noon
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar to restore McKay Bay. The project involves shoveling fossilized shell into mesh bags, transporting the bags via boat 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, therefore the miminum age to participate is 15 years old.
It is an effort to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion of the shoreline and improve water quality through natural biological filtration. Click here to read more about the project and/or watch a video of a past oyster shell project.
The meeting location is Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St.,Tampa, FL 33605. The park is in Hillsborough County near Ikea of Tampa.
Click on date below to register for this project:
May 12 - We've already recruited enough volunteers for this date
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