Holiday hours:
Thanksgiving Day, November 27 the Aquarium will be open from 9:30am-3pm.
(The Aquarium Café will be closed. The Aquarium Store will be open.)

Beach Naturalist Program

Come join us this summer!

Stroll along almost any Seattle beach during low tide on a summer weekend and you'll see that the shore is alive!

Not only will you witness the Puget Sound's multitude of marine plants and animals, but you'll also see advocates for these living wonders sharing their knowledge with beach goers - Beach Naturalists.

Beach Naturalists are local citizens who care about Puget Sound beaches and want to help protect them. More than 100 have volunteered to help people learn and enjoy area beaches this summer. Be sure to visit a local beach this summer and meet the Beach Naturalists. They know their beaches. They can help you enjoy the beach without harming it. They can tell you what sea stars eat, why barnacles stand on their heads and how moon snails lay their eggs. "The enthusiasm and excitement of our Beach Naturalists transfers directly to the public-it's a wonderful infectious thing!" beams Janice Mathisen, Community Outreach at the Seattle Aquarium. "To be able to meet a family and educate them on what a treasure we have here in Puget Sound is amazing."

Meet us at the beach

Explore the beach at low tide with a Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalist during this free, drop-in program. No reservations necessary; just look for signs at the beaches listed on the dates and hours below. Please note: low tide usually falls in the middle of the hours listed.

Click here for beach directions.


Richmond Beach, Carkeek Park, Golden Gardens, Constellation Park/South Alki, Lincoln Park and Saltwater State Park:

May 27, 9:30am–12:30pm; May 28, 9:30am–1pm; May 29, 9:30am–1pm; May 30, 10am–1:30pm; May 31, 11:30am-2:30pm, June 11, 9:30am–1pm; June 12, 9:30am–1:30pm; June 13, 9:30am–1:30pm; June 14, 10:30am–2:30pm; June 15, 11:30am–3:30pm; June 27, 10am–1:30pm; June 28, 10:30am–1:30pm; June 29, 12pm–2:30pm; July 10, 9:30am–12:30pm; July 11, 9:30am–1:30pm; July 12, 10am–2pm; July 13, 10am–2pm; July 14, 10:30am–2:30pm; July 26, 10:30am–1pm; July 27, 11am–1:30pm, August 9, 9:30am-12:30pm, August 10, 10:30am-1:30pm, August 11, 10:30am-1:30pm.


Olympic Sculpture Park pocket beach:

May 31, 11:30am-2:30pm; June 14, 10:30am–2:30pm; June 15, 11:30am–3:30pm, June 27, 10am–1:30pm; June 28, 10:30am–1:30pm; June 29, 12pm–2:30pm; July 10, 9:30am–12:30pm; July 11, 9:30am–1:30pm; July 12, 10am–2pm; July 13, 10am–2pm; July 14, 10:30am–2:30pm; July 26, 10:30am–1pm; July 27, 11am–1:30pm; August 9, 9:30am-12:30pm; August 10, 10:30am-1:30pm; August 11, 10:30am-1:30pm.


Seahurst Park:*

July 12, 10am–2pm; July 13, 10am–2pm; July 14, 10:30am–2:30pm; July 26, 10:30am–1pm; July 27, 11am–1:30pm, August 9, 9:30am-12:30pm, August 10, 10:30am-1:30pm, August 11, 10:30am-1:30pm.

*Seahurst Park is closed through July due to construction delays.

Other great beach options close by are:
Lincoln Park
Des Moines Beach Park
Salt Water State Park

You can find Beach Naturalists on these beaches in July on:
7/12, 10am-2pm
7/13, 10am-2pm
7/14, 10:30am-2:30pm
7/26, 10:30am-1pm
7/27, 11am-1:30pm


Des Moines Beach Park:

May 31, 11:30am-2:30pm; June 14, 10:30am–2:30pm; June 15, 11:30am–3:30pm; June 27, 10am–1:30pm; June 28, 10:30am–1:30pm; June 29, 12pm–2:30pm; July 10, 9:30am–12:30pm; July 11, 9:30am–1:30pm; July 12, 10am–2pm; July 13, 10am–2pm; July 14, 10:30am–2:30pm; July 26, 10:30am–1pm; July 27, 11am–1:30pm, August 9, 9:30am-12:30pm, August 10, 10:30am-1:30pm, August 11, 10:30am-1:30pm.


Redondo Beach:

June 14, 10:30am–2:30pm; June 15, 11:30am–3:30pm; July 12, 10am–2pm; July 13, 10am–2pm; August 9, 9:30am-12:30pm; August 10, 10:30am-1:30pm.


Blake Island:

May 17, 12:30pm-2:30pm; May 18, 12:30pm-2:30pm; June 15, 12:30pm-2:30pm; July 14, 12:30pm-2:30pm, July 15, 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Interested in becoming a volunteer Beach Naturalist?
Email beachnaturalist@seattleaquarium.org or call (206) 386-4365 by March 22, 2014.

 


Click on the image below to view the 2014 Beach Naturalist low tide flyer in a larger size.

The Beach Naturalist Program is co-sponsored by the following partners:

AMGEN Foundation
Forum for WRIS 8 (Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed)
King County Flood Control District
Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Watershed Ecosystem Forum for WRIA 9 (Green-Duwamish and Central Puget Sound)
The City of Burien
The City of Des Moines
The City of Shoreline

Beach Naturalists - Click here to login and view training materials.