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Get Involved

Do Your Part to Help Protect and Restore Tampa Bay

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Tampa Bay Watch. They allow us to greatly expand our restoration and protection efforts and serve as a valuable adjunct to our staff in fulfilling our mission. 

Restoration projects

Volunteers — as part of organized groups or on their own — engage in an array of hands-on habitat restoration projects: oyster reef ball construction, oyster shell bar installation, native wetland plantings and marine debris removal efforts. Through these community-based projects, citizens gain a better understanding of the fragile nature and importance of the Tamp Bay estuary while working together to restore and protect our shorelines for generations to come.

If you would like to learn more about our many volunteer opportunities, click here. Sign up for a weekly email to keep current on upcoming environmental restoration projects.

If you have questions about upcoming events, contact communications coordinator Rachel Arndt at 727-867-8166 (ext. 233) or rarndt@tampabaywatch.org

Lead guided tours at the Discovery Center

You can enhance the experience of Discovery Center visitors by becoming a volunteer docent. After completing training from an education coordinator, you’ll conduct guided tours of the facility, sharing information with groups about marine wildlife, ecosystems and conservation. Docents also give guests directions to exhibits, assist with special events and perform other related tasks. 

By sharing knowledge and enthusiasm about the bay, its ecosystems and marine life, docents help inspire people to value and conserve our natural world.  

Docents are required to successfully complete our training class and attend important meetings. You must be at least 18 years old, maintain an annual membership in Tampa Bay Watch, and follow established Docent Bylaws. 

For docent registration info and volunteer opportunities contact Operations Manager Heidi Blair at hblair@tampabaywatch.org.