“Manatee Season” is here, when manatees return to warm water refuges in Florida during the cooler winter months. Come volunteer with us as we set up education booths across the state at a variety of festivals and fairs. If you’re passionate about manatees and have some time to spare, fill out our Online Volunteer Application (see link on this page).

Crystal River Manatee Festival 2018
Save the Manatee Club volunteer Trinket Mason (at left) helps to educate attendees at the Crystal River Manatee Festival.

Crystal River Manatee Festival

Club volunteers were bundled up for the 31st annual Manatee Festival in downtown Crystal River. Although the weather was on the chilly side, it didn’t deter the many visitors who look forward to the fun festivities every January. Save the Manatee Club’s education booth was popular as ever, offering manatee adoptions, numerous donations items, t-shirts, 2018 wall calendars, a plush manatee draw, and a wide variety of educational handouts, including manatee stickers and color/activity booklet for the kids. Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers (we hope they have thawed out by now): Trinket Mason, Cora Berchem, Stephanie D’Amico, Sandra Boyd, Daria and Nicolas Johnson, Mary and Omar Bourassa, Craig Rouse, Susan and Hannah Aungst, Jaclynn Merk, Melissa Sunshine, Kelly Miller, Janneke Bogyo, Sue Carey Lindholm, and Helen Spivey, co-chair of the Club’s Board of Directors.

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.

Thank you to Save the Manatee Club volunteers.