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.
help mark drains to protect tampa bay
Saturday, March 28
9 am - Noon
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to markstorm drains in Temple Terrace on Saturday, March 28, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Our local storm drains are a gateway to Tampa Bay. Many people do not realize anything that enters storm drains ends up in our bay. Storm drain markers act as an educational tool for the public, as well as a reminder for local residents that only rain should go down the drain! Click here to read more about our storm drain marking program.
The meeting location for this project will be shared with registered volunteers. This event is family-friendly and open to all ages. It will involve a lot of walking, so volunteers should wear comfortable shoes.
join the great american cleanup!
Land, shoreline, and dive cleanups planned for Saturday, March 21
Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, Tampa Bay Green Consortium, and Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources is recruiting volunteers for a land- and sea-based cleanup of Fort De Soto Park, Cunningham Key, the Sunshine Skyway, and Coquina Beach on Saturday, March 21 from 9 am until Noon. This event is family-friendly and open to all ages. Click a location below to register:
Additionally, we will have a small team of volunteers specifically working on the fishing piers at the Sunshine Skyway location to collect fishing line and debris from our monotubes. The fishing line that is collected will then be recycled. Click here to register for this project. To learn more about our monofilament recycling programs, click here.
MORE EVENTS FOR THE GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP:
We are partnering with Tampa Bay Green Consortium to implement a Dive Cleanup at Fort De Soto Park's Bay Pier from 8 am until Noon. Kayakers, paddleboarders and data collectors are also needed to support the event. Email email@example.com to volunteer today!
COQUINA BEACH CLEANUP
We are partnering with Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department for a cleanup of Coquina Beach in Manatee County. The address of the meeting location is 2650 Gulf Drive, Bradenton, FL 34217. (Click here for more information on the site.) Click here to register for this project.
Volunteers Needed for McKay Bay Oyster Shell Project
9 am - Noon
Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to build an oyster shell bar to restore McKay Bay on Saturday, March 14 from 9am - noon. The meeting location is Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St., Tampa, 33605.
Oyster shell projects involve 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 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. Pre-registration is required.
why do you restore the bay?
Greetings, friends! Every day, names come across my desk- Names of new members, veteran supporters, first-time donors and volunteers of all capacities. More importantly, these are the names that make the work we do a reality. This year, I’m adding faces to names by asking one question…Why do you Restore the Bay Every Day?
I’ll be the first to answer.
I Restore the Bay because there's nothing better to me than salty days in the mangrove trails netting fiddler crabs with my family. I restore the Bay because I cherish the moment a nest of loggerhead sea turtles hatch right before my eyes (one of the best days of my life). I Restore the Bay Every Day because I'm totally devoted to my role of Membership Coordinator at Tampa Bay Watch.
Tell me why you help us Restore the Bay Every Day and you may be featured in an upcoming Tampa Bay Watch Spotlight! Email a photo of yourself enjoying the bay to accompany your short answer to this question: Why do you Restore the Bay Every Day? Be sure to include your name, member or volunteer status as well as contact information. To us, names and faces make all the difference.
Contact: Michelle Tepper, Membership Coordinator, Tampa Bay Watch Volunteer since 1998, Member since 2014.