Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful administers the Adopt-A-Road Program for Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa. The Adopt-A-Road Program is a great opportunity for individuals, corporations or groups to give back to the community through stewardship of public right-of-ways, parks and shorelines.
We conduct two major annual countywide cleanup event each year. They are the Great American Cleanup in the spring and the Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup in the fall. Volunteers of all ages are welcome!
Other annual cleanups we host are the After Gasparilla Cleanup, World Oceans Day (early June) and the After Fireworks Cleanup (July 5th).
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful provides a unique experience for groups to make a local impact in our community. We are encouraging individuals, families and small groups to participate in self-led, DIY cleanups. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful will work with you to select a site if you do not already have a location in mind; provide supplies for your group; coordinate with Parks and gain approval, if needed; and coordinate trash removal.
Projects May Include:
- Litter Abatement
- Illegal Dump Site Removal
- Invasive Plant Removals
- River & Waterways Cleanups
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is passionate about cultivating future generations of environment stewards. High school students can participate in our volunteer events to earn their hours for Bright Futures. Exceptional students who volunteer with us on a continuous basis can be eligible for Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful scholarships. High school students can also become an ambassador of Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and join our Youth Advisory Council. College and continuing education students can participate in our Internship Program. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is looking for individuals who are passionate about engaging their community while spreading sustainable practices to join us as interns for a summer, fall or spring semester, with opportunity to extend. There are a variety of positions available including beautification, environmental conservation, educational programming, event preparation, social media and grant writing. Please contact us for more information on student involvement.
Florida Learning Garden
The Florida Learning Garden, a project of Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful in partnership with the Florida State Fair Authority, is a permanent one-acre interactive educational experience. The display garden features raised beds, hydroponics, hugelkulture beds, a Florida-Friendly Walking Trail, rain gardens, over 75 types of trees, an interactive greenhouse, the Humana Educational Pavilion for presentations, sensory gardens, butterfly gardens, upcycled gardens, composting system, gazebo and the Cargill Windmill. From ‘right-plant-right-place’ to best practices for water conservation, the Florida Learning Garden educates residents on multiple growing techniques and sustainable practices to utilize in their own homes and gardens.
The Florida Learning Garden is utilized for educational presentations, community workshops, volunteer service projects, school field trips and educational tours.
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is proud to feature a Weather STEM unit at the Florida Learning Garden. This branded weather station features a high resolution weather camera that provides a live stream with weather health and safety alerts, lightning detection, heat monitoring and real-time and future-cast radar.
Hillsborough Trash Free Waters
The Hillsborough Trash Free Waters Program encourages community residents to be vigilant in protecting the waterways towards a more beautiful Tampa Bay.
The Hillsborough Trash Free Waters Program is a call to action to create more sustainable communities, counteract behaviors and prevent activities that pose water quality issues and habitat concerns in Florida. Volunteer based projects significantly reduce or eliminate the volume of litter and debris entering the Hillsborough River Watershed. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Nestle Waters and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed a focused set of actions and projects that have significantly reduced or eliminated the volume of litter and debris entering Hillsborough River Watershed.
Marine Debris Tracker
With Marine Debris Tracker, it just takes a few seconds to easily report where you find marine debris or litter anywhere in the world and prevent it from impacting our oceans.
How do I start tracking?
Download the FREE Marine Debris Tracker APP.
Once you download the app and open it, you will be taken to the start page. Click Start Tracking to begin. Next click Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful from the list of organizations to begin tracking.
Monofilament Recovery & Recycling Program (MRRP)
In an effort to prevent animal injury and death from entanglement in monofilament fishing line, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful has collection tubes throughout the bay area at various boat ramps. Our Stow It, Don’t Throw It initiative provides portable tubes for fishermen and boaters to use on-board, preventing our wildlife from ingesting and becoming entangled in this deadly debris. We also provide presentations and free portable collection tubes.
Storm Drain Markings
Many people believe storm drains connect to sewer treatment systems — but they don’t. In fact, most of the runoff discharges directly into surface waters without receiving any treatment to filter out pollutants. Therefore, whatever enters the drain is ultimately discharged into a neighboring body of water. One way to help protect water quality is by marking the storm drains with plaques stenciled with environmental messages. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful provides training and plaques to properly mark the storm drains so citizens who see the markers will be reminded that what goes into the storm drain will come out in our waterways.
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful will provide your group with storm drain markers, maps, instructions and other assistance that may be needed.
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