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!

 

Volunteer for a Native Planting at Feather Sound

Friday, July 1 from 9 am - Noon

 

Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with The Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Pinellas County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District is recruiting volunteers to plant native coastal upland plants including seashore paspalum and patens to restore Feather Sound.

 

The goal of the project is to restore more than 30 acres of marsh and mangrove wetlands in the area along Feather Sound Drive, including around the borrow pit and near Ulmerton Road. Invasive, exotic vegetation such as Brazilian pepper has been removed, now native coastal upland plants will be planted that will provide habitat for wildlife and help clean runoff before it enters the bay.

 

The meeting location will be Earl R. Maize Recreation Area, 2051 Feather Sound Drive, Clearwater, FL 33762.

Click here to sign up as a volunteer!

 

 

Secure Your Spot in the Mid-Summer Cleanup!

Saturday, July 9 from 9 am - Noon

 

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers for our largest cleanup to date! We plan several sites including Fort De Soto Park, Tierra Verde, North Skyway Pier, Coffee Pot Bayou, Palonis Park, Weedon Island, and Coquina Beach on Saturday, July 9, from 9 am until Noon.

 

This event is planned in an effort to clean up after the Fourth of July holiday. Tampa Bay Watch sees coastal cleanups as an important way to help remove human-generated trash as well as marine debris that floats onto the shorelines from Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Cleanups also protect wildlife from unnecessary injury or death. This event is family-friendly and open to all ages. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own kayak or canoe to participate in the water-based cleanup at Fort De Soto, Tierra Verde, and the Skyway. The Coffee Pot Bayou cleanup is only for canoes and kayaks and you must provide your own vessel.

 

Click on desired site to register today:

Tierra Verde

Sunshine Skyway

Fort De Soto park

Weedon Island

Coffee Pot Bayou

Palonis Park in Tampa

Coquina Beach in Manatee County

 

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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