Volunteer for SMC

Save the Manatee Club staff and volunteers at the Springs Summitt 2016.

The recent annual Wildlife Festival at the Lyonia Environmental Center in Deltona, Florida celebrated wildlife and the unique ecosystems that surround the area. Save the Manatee Club volunteers set up an education table and enjoyed making paper bag manatee puppets with the youngsters in attendance. Our thanks to volunteers Karen Ann Bunce and Laura Frenchik, left to right in photo, and to Karen Michaels.

We Need Volunteers!

You can help Save the Manatee Club by becoming a Club volunteer. SMC volunteers staff tables at manatee-related events, engage in speaking presentations, help out in the SMC offices, write letters and send e-mails on issues of concern to manatees, and report information to manatee researchers. You can make a difference for manatees!

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our Online Volunteer Application.

For those wishing to inquire about earning community service hours at the Club's office in Maitland, Florida, please do not fill out the Online Volunteer Application form. For eligibility and availability, contact Janice Nearing, the Club's Volunteer Activities Coordinator, at jnearing@savethemanatee.org or call 407-539-0990.


Save the Manatee Club's Volunteer Rewards Program!

Current Club members/volunteers can earn points toward special volunteer merchandise. Get an exclusive Club Volunteer T-shirt. Find out details >>

Volunteer Katelyn Wright wearing a Save the Manatee Club t-shirt and cap.

Volunteers Larry & Pam Wilson from Hillsborough County wear their Club t-shirts and caps when they table for us at local events.

New to the Volunteer Rewards Program!
Appreciation Pins for Club Volunteers
Earn It, Pin It, Show It!

Volunteer T-Shirt Front

Barbara Manatee wears her volunteer name tag on a lanyard
studded with the Club’s recognition pins.

Save the Manatee Club presents a variety of service pins to further recognize and honor the efforts and importance of our loyal volunteer/members. The special, customized pins are earned by registered volunteers who staff education tables for the Club at events, help out in our Maitland office, or give manatee presentations for the Club at local schools, libraries, etc. Wear the pins on the Club’s lanyard which holds the volunteer name tag, or on the Club’s volunteer cap or t-shirt. See the pins and get more details>>

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. Upcoming Events .

February 25, 2017
Manatee Observation & Education Center
Fort Pierce, FL
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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February 25, 2017
SMC Education Day
Blue Spring State Park
Orange City, FL
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For more info, email:

March 4 & 5, 2017
Florida SpringsFest
Silver Springs State Park
Silver Springs, FL
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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March 4, 2017
Ponce Preserves the Planet
Ponce Preserve
Ponce Inlet, FL
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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March 14, 2017
Livestream Program:
Learn About Blue Spring Manatees with Manatee Specialist Wayne Hartley
10:00 a.m. EST
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March 18, 2017
Pelican Island
Wildlife Festival
Riverview Park
Sebastian, FL
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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March 25, 2017
Nassau County Animal Expo
Atlantic Avenue
Recreation Center
Fernandina Beach, FL
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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April 1& 2, 2017
Earth Day -
Party for the Planet
Santa Fe College
Teaching Zoo
Gainesville, FL
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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April 6, 2017
Earth Day
Valencia College East Campus
Orlando, FL
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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April 22, 2017
Central FL Earth Day
Lake Eola Park
Orlando, FL
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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April 22, 2017
Annual Earth Day Celebration
Sumter Environmental Education Center
CEMEX Center Hill mine site
Center Hill, FL
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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April 22, 2017
Earth Day Celebration
Lake Lotus Park
Altamonte Springs, FL
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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April 29, 2017
Turtle Day
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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May 7, 2017
Great American Clean-up
Oceanfront Park, Ocean Ridge
Boynton Beach, FL
8:00 a.m. – Noon
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May 20, 2017
Wild Amelia Nature Festival
Atlantic Avenue
Recreation Center
Fernandina Beach, FL
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For more info, email:

May 20, 2017
14th Annual
Save the Manatee 5K Run
Lake St. Clair Metropark
Harrison Township, MI
Sign up for the race or the Virtual 5K!
Get more info and