Volunteer for SMC

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

Volunteer Karen Ann Bunce engages with park visitors during the Club's recent Education Day at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Florida. The Club's "Manatee Matching Game" is popular at the Club's education booth, as participants are handed one or several playing cards and then try to match the card with a manatee on the poster board according to scar patterns. Researchers use scars to identify individual manatees. All the manatees in the game are real, living manatee adoptees at Blue Spring.

Thanks also to Laura Frenchik, Aimee Krivan, and Cora Berchem for volunteering at the Club's Education Day.

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 .

December 10, 2016
The Florida Manatee –
Homosassa Library
Homosassa, FL
10:30 a.m. - noon
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December 10, 2016
Orange City
Christmas Parade
Volusia Ave., French to Ohio
Orange City, FL
5:00 p.m.
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December 15, 2016
Presentation by SMC’s
Dr. Katie Tripp
Marine Discovery Center
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Call or get more info>>

December 17, 2016
SMC Adopt-A-Manatee® Day
Ellie Schiller Homosassa
Springs Wildlife State Park
Visitor Center
Homosassa, FL
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Get more info>>

January 14 & 15, 2017
Florida Manatee Festival
Downtown Crystal River, FL
Saturday – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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January 28 & 29, 2017
Blue Spring Manatee Festival
Valentine Park
Orange City, FL
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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February, 18, 2017
2nd Annual Wildlife Festival
Lyonia Environmental Center
Deltona, FL
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 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 18, 2017
Pelican Island
Wildlife Festival
Riverview Park
Sebastian, FL
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 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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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