Volunteer for SMC

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

Family Fun Day was well-attended at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife refuge held recently on beautiful Sanibel Island, Florida. There were numerous wildlife programs and other activities to enjoy, and Save the Manatee Club was there, too. Club volunteers Al Squires and Karen Ferraraccio staffed our education table.

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.

Melissa and Mike Fishman from Rockledge in Brevard County, Florida wear their volunteer T-shirts and caps whenever they table at events for Save the Manatee Club. Join our volunteer team and earn points through the Volunteer Rewards Program to get your free shirt and cap.

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>>

Volunteer News

Crystal River Manatee Festival 2017

Club Thanks Two Inspiring Volunteer Heroes

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. Upcoming Events .

October 21, 2017
2nd Annual Harvest Festival
Enchanted Forest Sanctuary
Titusville, FL
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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October 21, 2017
Florida Wildlife Festival
Cadwell Park
Umatilla, FL
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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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.
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October 28, 2017
Central Florida Veg Fest
Orlando Festival Park
Orlando, FL
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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October 29, 2017

Right Whale Festival
Seawalk Pavillion
Jacksonville Beach, FL
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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November 4, 2017
West Palm Beach Waterfront
West Palm Beach, FL
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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November 4, 2017
West Melbourne
Heritage Day Festival
Veterans Memorial Complex
Melbourne, FL
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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November 4, 2017
"Wings on the Wind"
Bird Festival
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Nov. 10-12, 2017

Rootfire at The Park
A Music & Lifestyle Festival
Riverfront Park
Cocoa, FL
Nov. 10 –
5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Nov. 11 – Noon – 11:00 p.m.
Nov. 12 – Noon – 11:00 p.m.
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November 19, 2017
Space Coast Veg Fest
Riverfront Park
Cocoa Village, FL
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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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.
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December 2, 2017
Ocean Reef Beach Festival
Pelican Beach Park
Satellite Beach, FL
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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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.
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info here >>

February 10, 2018
Kid-A-Palooza –
Big Time Fun Event!
Wickham Park
Melbourne, FL
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
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February 17, 2018
Ocean Treasures &
Sea Glass Symposium
Barrier Island Center
Melbourne Beach, FL
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For more info, email:

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>>