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.
salt marsh harvesting & planting events
november 19, 20 & 22
We need your help to protect our local coastline and waters by planting and harvesting salt marsh!
Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with Southwest Florida Water Management District, is recruiting 400 volunteers to help plant 40,000 salt marsh plugs as part of a restoration effort at Rock Ponds near Ruskin on Saturday, November 22 from 9am - 12 noon.
Planting salt marsh protects and stabilizes low-lying coastal lands and provides protection and food sources for estuarine and coastal fishery food chains of many species of fish and marine mammals. Salt marsh and other coastal habitat populations have declined more than 80% in the past 100 years due mostly to dredging, construction, and waste water discharges. This loss has damaged a crucial link in the bay's food chain for fish and wildlife resources, significantly impacting the bay's fisheries. This is your chance to get come out with your community and help protect, restore, and conserve our precious coastal habitats. The planting will spread knowledge about ecological stewardship as well as stabilize the local shoreline and provide habitat for local creatures.
400 volunteers are needed, so pass the word on to everyone you can!
Click the desired date and activity below to volunteer for this event.
Salt Marsh Planting: 11/22
Honeymoon Island Oyster Shell bar Project December 4 & 5
9 am - noon
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to create an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of Honeymoon Island. The project involves shoveling fossilized oyster shells into mesh bags, transporting the bags via boat and placing oyster shell bags on the shoreline to create a series of oyster bars. This project 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. The minimum age is 15 to participate in this project since it is heavy work. For more information about building oyster shell bars, click here.
storm drain marking
9 am - noon
Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, is recruiting volunteers for a land-based effort to mark storm drains at Waterworks Park in Tampa on Wednesday, December 10, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. For more information about our storm drain marking program, click here.
macdill oyster shell bar project
December 11 & 12
9 am - noon
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to create an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of MacDill Air Force Base. Through the construction of oyster bars, Tampa Bay Watch aims to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion and improve water quality through natural biological filtration. The minimum age is 18 to participate in this project due to base security clearance measures. For more information about building oyster shell bars, click here.