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!

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.

oyster dome construction

October 6 & 16
(Space is limited)


Oyster domes are constructed onsite at the Tampa Bay Watch Marine Center at regular intervals throughout the year in preparation for placement in Tampa Bay, to minimize shoreline erosion and provide surface area for oysters to attach. Additionally, by being placed along seawalls and shorelines, the domes restore hard bottom habitat and improve water quality. (Click here to read more about our Oyster Dome program.)

How many people are needed? We aim to recruit 15-20 hardworking volunteers for each session. The minimum age to participate in this project is 16 years old. The project is conducted at our Marine and Education Center from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. In case of inclement weather, building date(s) may be cancelled; please check your e-mail to ensure event will be held, or call us at (727) 867-8166, x233 between 8:30 am and 9:00 am to ensure the building will take place that day.

What should volunteers wear/bring? Wear closed-toe shoes and plan on getting dirty! Please bring your own water bottle; there will be a cooler full of water to refill your bottle onsite. Gloves will be provided.

Email Annie Dowling or call (727) 867-8166, x233 with questions about this project.

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Monday, 10/6 | Thursday, 10/16


oyster bar restoration at macdill afb

October 8, 9, & 10 from 9 am - Noon


Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to create an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of MacDill Air Force Base on Wednesday, October 8 through Friday, October 10 from 9am - noon each day. The project involves shoveling fossilized oyster shells into mesh bags which are then transported and placed on the shoreline to create a series of oyster bars.

Through the construction of these 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.

Where: We will meet within MacDill Air Force Base. Driving directions will be emailed to you in a reminder message prior to the event.

What to wear: Volunteers should wear clothing they don't mind getting wet or dirty, closed toe shoes or water shoes, hat, sunscreen, bugspray and bring a water bottle.

We'll ask you for some personal info in the registration process: your middle name, the state who issued your driver's license, driver's license number, the expiration date of your driver's license for MacDill's security clearance. The minimum age for volunteers is 18 years old for this project. You must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and car insurance to drive onto the base.

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Wednesday, 10/8 | Thursday, 10/9 | Friday, 10/10

Email Annie Dowling or call 727-867-8166, x233 with questions about this event. For more information about building oyster shell bars with Tampa Bay Watch, click here!



epic salt marsh planting event

Saturday, November 22: 9 am - Noon


We need your help protect our local coastline and waters by planting 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.

The planting of 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.

Click here to volunteer for this event. 400 volunteers are needed, so pass the word on to everyone you can!

Email Annie Dowling or call 727-867-8166, x233 with questions about this event. For more information about salt marsh restoration with Tampa Bay Watch, click here!