Are you interested in volunteering as a group such as  your office, club, or school? Please click here to complete our online group volunteer form.

Click here to view our at-a-glance calendar  for dates of our restoration projects

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!

Team Mosaic Volunteers

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.

Oyster Shell Bar Project to Restore McKay Bay

November 16-17

9 am - Noon

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to create an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of McKay Bay on Noember 16 and 17 from 9am - noon. The project location is Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St., Tampa, FL 33605.

Oyster shell projects involve shoveling fossilized shell into mesh bags, transporting the bags to the project site 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, so the minimum age to participate is 15 years old.

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 learn more about oyster shell restoration.

 

Click on a date below to register!

November 16  |  November 17

Harvest Native Grasses

Wednesday, November 28

9 am - Noon

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to harvest marsh grasses at Port Manatee, 14495 Harlee Rd, Palmetto, 34221-9620, on Wednesday, November 28 from 9am - noon. These grasses will be used in our community planting event to restore the shoreline of Fort De Soto Park on the morning of November 30.

Click here to register for the harvest!

 

Oyster Dome Construction

Selected dates in November

9 am - Noon

Tampa Bay Watch is 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 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 a fiberglass mold containing a large round buoy surrounded by smaller rubber balls, creating the holes in the oyster domes. Microsilica is mixed with the concrete to balance the pH so oysters are attracted to the domes.

This project is physically demanding in requiring bending, crouching, and some heavy lifting. It’s a dirty job, but it’ll make a difference for Tampa Bay!

Learn more about oyster domes here.

 

Click a date below to register:

November 8  |  November 14

 

Festival of Trees

Saturday, November 24

 

Tampa Bay Watch is the beneficiary of the Festival of Trees on Saturday, November 24, which means we are recruiting volunteers for each of the five event locations listed below. The event is run by the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce and they'll be auctioning off decorated Christmas trees, have festive music, and food/craft vendors.

 

Email Rachel Arndt if you're available to help out with any of the following shifts and choose your location that works best for you.

 

8:30am - 11am: set-up and tree fluffer

8:30am -11am or 11am - 2:30: floater

11am - 3pm auction monitor

2-4pm: breakdown

 

St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr.

Treasure Island Community Center, 154 106th Ave

Madeira Beach City Center, 300 Municipal Dr.

Indian Shores Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd.

City of Indian Rocks Beach City Hall, 507 Bay Palm Blvd.

 

MacDill Air Force Base Oyster Dome Installation

December 6 & 7

9 am - Noon each day

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install oyster domes on the shoreline of MacDill Air Force Base on December 6 & 7 from 9am - noon on each day.

This project involves heavy lifting of approximately 75 pounds, as each oyster dome weighs around 150 pounds. Each dome will be installed with two people sharing the weight and unloading the domes from a trailer onto the shoreline.

The minimum age to participate is 18 years old. You must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and car insurance to drive onto the base. We'll ask you for some personal info in the volunteer registration process: your full 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.

 

Click on a date below to register!

December 6  |  December 7

 

MacDill Air Force Base Oyster Shell Project

December 14

9 am - Noon

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to install an oyster shell bar on the shoreline of MacDill Air Force Base on December 14 from 9am - noon.

Oyster shell projects involve shoveling fossilized shell into mesh bags, transporting the bags to the project site 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, so the minimum age to participate is 18 years old.

You must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and car insurance to drive onto the base. We'll ask you for some personal info in the volunteer registration process: your full 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.

 

Click here to register as a volunteer!

 

Native Planting at Fort De Soto Park

Friday, November 30

9 am - Noon

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers for a native planting on the shoreline of Fort De Soto Park on Friday, November 30, 9am - noon. We will meet within Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde FL 33715. Exact meeting location within the park will be emailed to you in a reminder message prior to the event. Click here to read more about salt marsh restoration.

 

Click here to register for the planting!

 

 

 

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