Volunteer for SMC

Education table on manatees at the Alligator Lake Spring Festival.

Cooler temperatures had Club volunteers bundled up at this year's Blue Spring Manatee Festival at Valentine Park and at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Florida. But the brisk weather didn't stop the thousands of visitors from attending the festival where many took bus shuttles up to the park to watch and enjoy the many manatees in the spring run. Thanks to all our volunteers and staff who helped at our education tables including (l-r in photo) Lynne Sternett, Tim & Tamara Carroll, Paul Sternett, Wayne Hartley, Laura Frenchik, Janice Nearing, and Renee Ritter. Also thanks to Terry Nearing, Mina Reale, Devon Danford, Gina Marinello, Lane Farmer, Cora Berchem, Crystal Cobb, Karen Ann Bunce, Heather Murphy, Dennis Burdett, Sandra Boyd, Melissa Sunshine, Jozette Spina, Karen Michaels, Trinket Mason, and Melissa and Michael Fishman.

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.

Club volunteer Chante Pickard and her equine friend, Savannah. Get a T-shirt and cap, like Chante is wearing, when you volunteer for us!

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February 13, 2016
Save Our Parks
Statewide Day of Action
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February 20, 2016

Public Hearing on
Manatee Downlisting
Buena Vista Palace
Convention Center
1900 Buena Vista Drive
The Great Hall
Orlando, FL 32830.
Informational open house:
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Public Hearing:
3:00 p.m. - 6 p.m.
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February 27, 2016
SMC Education Day
Blue Spring State Park
Orange City, FL
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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February 27, 2016
Manatee Observation & Education Center
Fort Pierce, FL
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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March 5, 2016
Sea Turtle Day Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Boca Raton, FL
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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March 12, 2016
Pelican Island Wildlife Festival
Riverview Park
Sebastian, FL
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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March 12, 2016
Whale of a Day
Point Vicente
Interpretive Center
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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March 19, 2016
Viera Wetlands Nature Festival
3658 Charlie Corbeil Way
Viera, FL
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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March 19, 2016
Spring into the Springs Day
Manatee Springs State Park
Chiefland, FL
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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April 7, 2016
Earth Day
Valencia College East Campus
Orlando, FL
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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April 9, 2016
Alligator Lake Spring Festival
Alligator Lake Park
Lake City, FL
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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April 16, 2016
Earth Day
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
San Pedro, CA
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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April 16, 2016
Earth Day Celebration
Sumter Environmental Education Center
Center Hill, FL
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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April 22, 2016
Central Florida Earth Day
Lake Eola Park
Downtown Orlando, FL
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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