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!

 

 

 

OYSTER DOME CONSTRUCTION:

 

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.

 

Click on project date to register to volunteer:

February 10

February 12

February 19

February 22

 

 

HELP RESTORE BAY VISTA PARK

Oyster shell project on February 25, 26 & 27

 

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to create an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of Bay Vista Park. The City of St. Petersburg is concerned with erosion along its shoreline. Tampa Bay Watch will install oyster habitats to help with erosion of the shoreline and to promote oyster habitats to improve water quality to this part of the bay. 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. 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 project meeting location is Bay Vista Park, 7000 4th St S, St Petersburg, FL 33705.

 

Click on date below to register to volunteer!

Thursday, February 25

Friday, February 26

Saturday, February 27

 

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR C.O.R.E. PROJECT TO RESTORE FANTASY ISLAND

March 1-4, 9am - Noon & 1-4 pm

 

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to help install oyster domes and create an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of Fantasy Island in Hillsborough Bay. 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.

 

Fantasy Island has severely eroded since it was created in the 1970s due to changes in currents and sand distribution, mainly since it is close to the heavily used shipping channel. Creation of a series of oyster dome fields and shell bars is an effort to restore lost habitat systems to the bay, prevent further erosion of Fantasy Island, and improve water quality through natural biological filtration.

 

Click here to learn more about the C.O.R.E. program!

 

Click on the below project dates to register to volunteer! If you have a boat that you are willing to volunteer to help transport oyster shell from Williams Park to Fantasy Island, click here to contact Rachel.

 

Oyster dome Installation is a very heavy project since oyster domes weigh 150 pounds each. We need volunteers to help install domes on the following dates and times:

 

March 1, 9 am - Noon

March 1, 1-4 pm

March 2, 9 am - Noon

March 2, 1-4 pm

March 3, 9 am - Noon

March 3, 1-4 pm

March 4, 9-Noon

March 4, 1-4 pm

 

Oyster shell bar creation 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. It is pretty physical labor with oyster shell bags weighing around 30 pounds each, therefore the miminum age to participate is 15 years old. We need volunteers on the following dates from 9am - noon on each of these days:

 

March 2

March 3

March 4

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!

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