GALVESTON BAY FOUNDATION
What Is It?: A nonprofit that works “to preserve and enhance Galveston Bay as a healthy and productive place for generations to come” though advocacy, conservation, education, and research.
Help Needed: Help with Abandoned Crab Trap Removal (February), the Armand Bayou Trash Bash (March), Marsh Mania marsh grass planting (April), or the Bay Day Festival (May), or assist in other ways.
Minimum Age to Volunteer: None. All ages are welcome for most activities.
MARSH MANIA AND OTHER GROUP PLANTINGS
Each year hundreds of volunteers help GBF plant marsh grass on a Saturday morning in spring. More information is here.
GBF can work with corporate groups, scouts, and youth groups to coordinate group marsh plantings. A minimum number of volunteers is required for most plantings. Planting opportunities are dependent on site availability.
TRASH BASH AT ARMAND BAYOU (MARCH)
Join more than 800 GBF volunteers as on a Saturday morning in March to collect tons of trash and recyclable materials over a 40-mile stretch of the Armand Bayou during the annual Rivers, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash event. More information is here.
ABANDONED CRAB TRAP REMOVAL (FEBRUARY)
Each year, on a Saturday morning in February, volunteers gather to collect and smash abandoned and derelict crab traps, which endanger wildlife and cause other harm. Help as a boat volunteer (on the water collecting traps), or a land-based volunteer (helping offload traps, smashing them, and tossing them in the dumpster). For more information, sign up for volunteer alerts here or check the GBF website.
BAY DAY FESTIVAL (MAY)
A popular annual celebration of Galveston Bay on the Kemah Boardwalk at which families and adults enjoy arts and crafts, live animal demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, science and marine exhibits, and live music. Volunteers help throughout the festival. Learn more here.
WATER MONITORING TEAM
Conduct regular water sampling around Galveston Bay that includes chemical analyses, physical testing, and field observations. For more information, sign up here for volunteer alerts. beach
Help with organization, data entry, filing, and other administrative tasks is greatly appreciated. If you’re looking to earn a few volunteer hours after school and want to use your administrative skills, or are looking for other special in-office projects, let us know and we may be able to work with you.