Volunteer for SMC

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

Just around the corner is a busy fall and winter filled with events around Florida during "Manatee Season" when manatees seek their favorite warm water refuges throughout the state. We're looking for Club volunteers to lend a hand at our education booths. See something you like in "Upcoming Events" on the right hand side of this page? Let us know and we'll sign you up. If you're not already a registered Save the Manatee Club volunteer, just fill out our Online Volunteer Application, and we'll get you started. (Photo above - volunteer Tamara Carroll teaches visitors about manatees earlier this year at the Ocean Treasures and Sea Glass Symposium at the Barrier Island Center, held in Melbourne Beach, Florida in Brevard County.)

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.

Lake County residents and Club volunteers Heather Murphy and Dennis Burdett in their Save the Manatee Club volunteer t-shirts and caps earned through the Club's Volunteer Rewards Program for staffing manatee education tables at events in their community.

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 .

August 26, 2017
Volunteer Fair
Seminole County
Public Library
Casselberry, FL
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Get more info>>

September 16, 2017
International Coastal Cleanup
Ocean Conservancy
Find a clean up
site near you>>

September 16, 2017
Natural History Day
Museum of Arts & Sciences
Daytona Beach, FL
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Get more info>>

Sept 30 & Oct. 1, 2017
St. Johns River Bartram Frolic
The Bartram Trail
in Putnam County
Palatka, FL
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Get more info>>

October 4, 2017
Alachua Annual Educator Open House
Florida Museum of Natural History
Gainesville, FL
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
For more info, email:

October 14, 2017
Indian River Lagoon
Science Festival
Veterans Memorial Park
Fort Pierce, FL
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Get more info>>

October 15, 2017
Family Fun Day
J.N. "Ding" Darling
National Wildlife Refuge
Sanibel, FL
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Get more info>>

October 21, 2017
Florida Wildlife Festival
Cadwell Park
Umatilla, FL
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Get more info>>

October 21, 2017
Annual Open House
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Free admission
St. Petersburg, FL
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Get more info>>

October 28, 2017
Central Florida Veg Fest
Orlando Festival Park
Orlando, FL
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Get more info>>

October 29, 2017

Right Whale Festival
Seawalk Pavillion
Jacksonville Beach, FL
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Get more info>>

November 4, 2017
West Melbourne
Heritage Day Festival
Veterans Memorial Complex
Melbourne, FL
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Get more info>>

November 4, 2017
"Wings on the Wind"
Bird Festival
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For more info, contact:

November 19, 2017
Space Coast Veg Fest
Riverfront Park
Cocoa Village, FL
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Get more info>>

November 25, 2017
“Manatee Adoption Day”
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Homosassa, FL
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For more info, e-mail:

December 2, 2017
SMC Education Day
Blue Spring State Park
Orange City, FL
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For more info, email:

December 2, 2017
Ocean Reef Beach Festival
Pelican Beach Park
Satellite Beach, FL
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Get more info>>

January 13 & 14, 2018

Florida Manatee Festival
Downtown Crystal River, FL
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Watch for updated
info here >>

January 27 & 28, 2018
Blue Spring Manatee Festival
Valentine Park
Orange City, FL
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Watch for updated
info here >>

February 10, 2018
Kid-A-Palooza –
Big Time Fun Event!
Wickham Park
Melbourne, FL
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Get more info>>
March 10 & 11, 2018
Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts
E.G. Simmons Park
Ruskin, FL
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Get more info>>