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.
mckay bay oyster shell project
Help restore the shoreline of McKay Bay on Thursday, April 9 from 9:45am - 12:45am, Friday, April 10 from 9am - noon and Saturday, April 11 from 9am - noon.
The meeting location is Desoto Park, 2617 Corrine St., Tampa, 33605. Please note: the minimum age to participate is 15 years old.
Click on date below to register for the project.
macdill afb oyster shell bar project
We are recruiting volunteers to create an oyster shell bar at MacDill Air Force Base on Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2.
Click on the date below to register for the project. For security clearance purposes at MacDill, we'll ask you for some personal info in the registration process: your middle initial, the state who issued your driver's license, driver's license number, and the expiration date of your driver's license.
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.
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.
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.