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!


High Marsh Harvest!

Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 18

9 am - Noon


Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to harvest high marsh at Port Manatee on Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 18 from 9am - noon. Volunteers are needed to harvest plugs of paspalum from Port Manatee which will be used in our planting event on Friday, August 19 at Rock Ponds. Click here to read more on salt marsh restoration.


Click one of these dates to register:

Wednesday, August 17

Thursday, August 18



Help Us Plant Native Grasses at Rock Ponds

Friday, August 19

9 am - Noon


Tampa Bay Watch in partnership with SWFWMD Surface Water Improvement & Management (SWIM) Program is recruiting 100 volunteers for a high marsh planting of Rock Ponds Borrow Pit in Ruskin on the morning of Friday, August 19 from 9am - noon. The address of the meeting location is 4235 Lavender Road, Ruskin, FL 33570.


Detailed driving directions will be given to registered volunteers.


The Rock Ponds project is the largest coastal ecosystem restoration project in Tampa Bay. The site was historically agriculture fields, shell mining pits, and surrounded by non-native and nuisance plant species. This site has been partially filled and recontoured to provide over two miles of new Tampa Bay shorelines and islands in need of plants.


Click here to register!




It's the Great Bay Scallop Search!

Saturday, August 20

9 am - 1 pm


The Great Bay Scallop Search is a resource monitoring event based out of Fort De Soto Park where Tampa Bay Watch recruits 200 community volunteer snorkelers to search for scallops in select areas within Boca Ciega and Lower Tampa Bays. The goal of the event is to monitor and document the health and status of the bay scallop population.


We mainly recruit volunteers with shallow draft boats, but we have limited spots for canoes and kayaks. We also accommodate volunteer snorkelers without boats by matching them with boaters who have room aboard their vessel.


Click here to read more about the Scallop Search.


Registration fills up very quickly, so don't hesitate to sign up today!


Click here to register your boat.


Click here to register for your canoe or kayak.


Click here to register as a volunteer without a boat.



Build an Oyster Shell Bar at Fantasy Island

Thursday, September 15

9 am - Noon


Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of Fantasy 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 here to register to volunteer!



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