YOU Make a Difference.

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.

Tampa Bay Watch regularly seeks outreach volunteers to represent our organization at community events such as MarineQuest and Ribfest. As an outreach volunteer, you talk to people who come up to our table about Tampa Bay Watch, including our mission, restoration projects and volunteer and membership opportunities. Contact Rachel if you are interested in being the 'face' of Tampa Bay Watch.

Do you have a question about volunteering?

Email Rachel Arndt.

upcoming events at tampa bay watch

Help Restore McKay Bay

Volunteers are needed to help build an oyster shell bar!

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to build an oyster shell bar to restore McKay Bay. McKay Bay is an ecologically important estuary located in the heart of a heavily industrialized area in Tampa that has provided habitat to over 200 bird species and historically supported healthy fisheries.

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. The goal is 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 visit our webpage on the oyster shell program. There is also a video of the project.

The meeting location is Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St., Tampa, FL 33605. Click on a date below to register for the project.

April 30 | May 1 | May 2

Build Oyster Domes for Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting 10-20 hard-working volunteers to help build oyster domes at our Marine Center. 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 will involve pouring marine-friendly concrete into fiberglass molds to create oyster domes and taking apart the molds that were previously poured.

Sign up to help out April 16!

Spend Earth Day in the Marsh!

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to harvest salt marsh at Port Manatee on Earth Day Tuesday, April 22 from 9am - Noon. Volunteers are needed to harvest plugs of Spartina alterniflora— salt marsh, or smooth cord grass—from Port Manatee which will be used in our planting event on Friday, April 25 at MacDill Air Force Base. Salt marsh planting projects are an environmental tool for restoring lost coastal habitat. Click here to read more and/or register for the project!