Volunteer for SMC

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

Save the Manatee Club was one of many exhibitors at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, Volusia County, Florida for the "Wings on the Wind" Bird Festival. The Club's manatee booth attracted a lot of visitors, with plenty of interest in our adoption program. Volunteers for the event included (l-r in front photo) Aimee Krivan, Janneke Bogyo, Janice Nearing, Laura Frenchik, and Sue Carey Lindholm; (l-r in back) are Terry Nearing and Crystal Cobb.

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.

Volunteer of the Month: Janneke Bogyo

Volunteer Janneke Bogyo in Nepal

A few years back, Janneke spent time at an orphanage in Nepal and enjoyed teaching the children about manatees.

Janneke Bogyo moved to Florida in 2004 from the Buffalo, New York area and took up residence in The Villages, in Sumter County.  She soon discovered manatees, fell in love with them, and was inspired to look for ways to help make a difference in their lives.  Finding Save the Manatee Club during an Internet search, she immediately signed up to volunteer and has been dedicated to our cause for the past five years.

“I feel that we can all make a difference,” says Janneke.  “If we just make an effort and get involved with something that matters. Manatees matter to me so I feel I’m contributing to something important.”

Janneke, a retired school teacher, enjoys tabling at Save the Manatee Club events when she isn’t travelling the world. “I try to do the trips mostly as hiking or biking adventures, so that I can truly experience the environment and culture of the places I visit,” explains Janneke.  Next year, she plans to be South America bound.

Save the Manatee Club metal ornament

"In appreciation for Janneke's volunteer work, the Club presents her with this special Save the Manatee Club metal ornament in recognition as a "Volunteer of the Month" recipient.

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

Volunteerism - Time Well Spent to Help Manatees

Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher

. Upcoming Events .

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.
Get more info>>

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.
For more info, email:

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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December 9, 2017
Orange City Christmas Parade "A Tropical Christmas”
Orange City, FL
Parade starts at 5:00 p.m.
Get more info>>

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.
Watch for updated
info here >>

January 27, 2018
4th Annual Great Invader Rally
Removal of Invasive Plants/Celebration After
Morningside Nature Center
Gainesville, FL 
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Get more info>>

February 10, 2018
Kid-A-Palooza –
Big Time Fun Event!
Wickham Park
Melbourne, FL
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Get more info>>
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:

February 24, 2018
SMC Education Day
Blue Spring State Park
Orange City, FL
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For more info, email:

March 3 & 4, 2018

Florida SpringsFest
Silver Springs State Park
Ocala, FL
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
For more info, email:

March 3, 2018
Pelican Island Wildlife Festival
Riverview Park
Sebastian, FL
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Get more info>>

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>>

April 21, 2018
Marine Discovery Center
New Smyrna Beach, FL
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Get more info>>