Tampa Bay Watch
Video: Calling All Sea Monkeys!
Tampa Bay Watch is currently in the sixth season of marine ecology summer camps where kids enjoy fun in the sun while learning about the amazing Tampa Bay and its inhabitants. The camp targets children ages 6-14 years old in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee Counties. Tampa Bay Watch offers four weeks of part-time Sea Monkey camp (ages 6-8) and five weeks of full-time Tampa Bay Discovery Camp for ages 9-14. Some of the activities for campers include kayaking, snorkeling as well as sea oats plantings, oyster bar creation and salt marsh recycling.
Tampa Bay Watch established a marine education center in 2006 featuring outdoor wet labs, classrooms, touch tanks and aquariums, all of which are utilized for education about Tampa Bay and restoring its marine habitats for school field trips by bay area schools, summer camps and community groups. Education programs build environmental literacy and encourage stewardship while educating students about estuarine science and habitat restoration through a combination of classroom curriculum and field experience. The goal of the program is to develop the student's commitment to their local environment by increasing their understanding of the functioning of the Tampa Bay estuary, its importance in their daily life, its role in their future, human impact on it and opportunities to participate in its restoration.
Tampa Bay Watch is set in an ideal location on Cunningham Key, near the Shell Key Preserve, which provides students with exciting, hands-on opportunities to learn about marine science and restoration projects. The property boasts rich mangrove forests, grass flats and shallow waters teeming with marine life. The Marine Center features indoor classrooms, outdoor wet labs and two 5,000 gallon touch tanks. The Tampa Bay Watch education program is sponsored by Southwest Florida Water Management District.