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!



Oyster Dome Installation at Fantasy Island

October 26-28

9 am - 3 pm each day


Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install oyster domes at Fantasy Island. This project involves heavy lifting of approximately 75 pounds, as each oyster dome weighs about 150 pounds. Each dome will be installed with two people sharing the weight and unloading the domes from a trailer onto a barge that will the ferry the domes out to the island where they will be unloaded and placed along the shoreline. The minimum age to participate is 16 years old.


The project is 9am - 3pm on each day and lunch will be provided. If you can't stay for the full day, we could use your help in the morning or the afternoon.


Learn more about the oyster dome program here.



Click on date below to register to volunteer.


Wednesday, October 26

Thursday, October 27

Friday, October 28



Salt Marsh Harvesting

October 25 and November 3

9 am - Noon each day


Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to harvest native grasses at Port Manatee on Tuesday, October 25 and Thursday, November 3 from 9am - noon. Volunteers are needed to harvest plugs of salt marsh and seashore paspalum from Port Manatee (14495 Harllee Road, Port Manatee 34221) which will be used in our upcoming planting events at Fantasy Island & Rock Ponds.


This is a muddy project, so you will get dirty! Salt marsh planting projects are an environmental tool for restoring lost coastal habitat.


Click here to read more on salt marsh restoration.


Click on a date below to register to volunteer.


Tuesday, October 25

Thursday, November 3



Native Planting at Fantasy Island

October 27-28

9 am - Noon each day


On 10/27, volunteers will be assisting with logistics and distribution of plants for the 10/28 native vegetation planting. This will entail using dibble bars to break down the escarpment in order to level out elevation to create optimal planting surface. On 10/28, we will work to plant native species of grasses along the shoreline of the island to complement the installed oyster domes and shell bar. This comprehensive ecosystem restoration plan will slow erosion and provide invaluable habitat and food source for wildlife. The minimum age to participate in 13 years old.


Click on date below to register to volunteer.


Thursday, October 27

Friday, October 28




Oyster Shell Bar Project at 2D Island

November 17-18

9 am - Noon each day


Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of 2D Island. 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.


The meeting location is Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41, Riverview, FL 33578. The boat ramp is on the west side of US 41 (Tamiami Trail) where US 41 and the north side of the Alafia River intersect.


Click on a date below to register for project:


Thursday, November 17

Friday, November 18



Mark Storm Drains for the Bay!

Saturday, November 19

9 am - Noon


Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to mark storm drains in a neighborhood in southern St. Petersburg on Saturday, November 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This project is family-friendly and open to all ages.


Volunteers will walk the neighborhood to affix placards to the storm drains to educate the public that the storm drains lead directly into the bay. We'll also need volunteers to pick up trash in the neighborhood. The meeting location is to be determined, but will be shared with registered volunteers.


Read more about this program.


Click here to volunteer!



Build Oyster Domes at Tampa Bay Watch

Weekday mornings this Fall

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.


Click on a date below to register to volunteer:


Friday, Oct 21 - CANCELLED

Stay tuned for more dome construction dates.



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!


3000 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Tel: 727-867-8166 | Fax: 727-867-8188