There are two ways to get involved:
Adopt a Garden
Each adoption will support one garden, which produces an average of 250 oysters for planting on the restoration/enhancement sites. This is a great way for you to join the program if you do not live on the water, live in unclassified or closed water, or are not home enough to take care of a garden.
Our Adopters play a critical role in supporting Oyster Gardening on Mobile Bay, and they recognize the crucial role oysters play in the ecosystem and economy. Adopters receive a certificate of adoption, and the monthly newsletter so they can follow along with the progress of their oysters.
Our sponsors play a critical role in the success of the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program. Funds generated through sponsorships from corporations and associations help cover the operational costs, including materials to build and suspend gardens, boat time to plant the oysters grown by the program on restoration/enhancement sites, and to fund small research projects in area schools.
Student Projects: These projects allow the students to engage in hands-on science in their environment where they will not only benefit from the educational opportunity, but gain a more complete understanding of the oyster's role in the ecosystem and the economy. Recent projects include evaluation of garden design and placement, and predator exclusion. Nothing can compare to the benefits to students who are able to put into practice the lessons learned in the classroom, and our Sponsors are largely responsible for this capacity.