Beach naturalist program

Come join us on the beach!

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 Puget Sound's multitude of marine plants and animals, you'll also see beach naturalists: advocates for these living wonders sharing their knowledge with beachgoers.

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 about and enjoy area shorelines. Beach naturalists know their beaches: they can help you enjoy the habitat without harming it; tell you what sea stars eat; explain why barnacles stand on their heads; describe how moon snails lay their eggs; and so much more. "The enthusiasm and excitement of our beach naturalists transfers directly to the public—it's a wonderful, infectious thing!" beams Janice Mathisen, community outreach coordinator 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!

We have completed our 2016 daytime beach walk season. Check back in January for 2017 beach dates.

Join trained volunteers and explore the beach with us! Look for signs at the beaches listed on the dates and times below.

Click here for beach directions.

*Lowest summer tides


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

May 25:
9:45am–1pm

June 11:
11:30am–2:30pm

July 21:
9am-noon

May 26*:
10am–2pm

June 22:
9am–noon

July 22:
9:30am–1pm

May 27*:
10:30am–2:30pm

June 23*:
9:30am–1pm

July 23*:
9:45am–1:45pm

May 28*:
11:30am–3:30pm

June 24*:
10am–2pm

July 24:
10:30am–2pm

May 29:
1–4pm

June 25*:
10:30am–2:30pm

July 25:
11:30am–2:30pm

June 8:
10am–noon

June 26*:
11am–3pm

August 20:
9:30am–noon

June 9:
10am–1pm

July 8:
10am–noon

August 21:
10am–12:30pm

June 10:
10:30am-1:30pm

July 9:
11am-1:30pm


Olympic Sculpture Park pocket beach:

May 27*:
10:30am–2:30pm

June 25*:
10:30am–2:30pm

July 23*:
9:45am–1:45pm

May 28*:
11:30am–3:30pm

June 26*:
11am–3pm

July 24:
10:30am–2pm

May 29:
1–4pm

July 8:
10am–noon

July 25:
11:30am–2:30pm

June 10:
10:30am–1:30pm

July 9:
11am–1:30pm

August 20:
9:30am–noon

June 11:
11:30am–2:30pm

June 24*:
10am–2pm

July 21:
9am–noon

July 22
9:30am–1pm

August 21:
10am–12:30pm

 


Des Moines Beach Park:

May 27*:
10:30am–2:30pm

June 26*:
11am–3pm

July 24:
10:30am–2pm

May 28*:
11:30am–3:30pm

July 8:
10am–noon

July 25:
11:30am–2:30pm

June 10:
10:30am–1:30pm

July 9:
11am–1:30pm

August 20:
9:30am–noon

June 11:
11:30am–2:30pm

July 21:
9am–noon

August 21:
10am–12:30pm

June 24*:
10am–2pm

June 25*:
10:30am-2:30pm

July 22:
9:30am–1pm

July 23*:
9:45am-1:45pm

 


Dash Point State Park:

May 27*:
10:30am–2:30pm

June 24*:
10am–2pm

July 23*:
9:45am–1:45pm

May 28*:
11:30am–3:30pm

June 25*:
10:30am–2:30pm

July 24:
10:30am–2pm

May 29:
1–4pm

July 22:
9:30am–2:15pm

July 25:
11:30am–2:30pm


Redondo Beach:

May 27*:
10:30am–2:30pm

June 24*:
10am–2pm

July 22:
9:30am–1pm


Blake Island:

May 28*
11:30–3:30pm

Boat leaves Pier 55 at 11:30am, returns at 3:30pm. Beach Naturalists on board the Argosy boat and on the beach.


Interested in becoming a beach naturalist volunteer?

Please email beachnaturalist@seattleaquarium.org with your name and contact information. We will recruit and contact new volunteers in January, 2017.

Currently from the beach!

New beach naturalist guest blog series! Follow the Seattle Aquarium blog this summer season for a new guest blog series, titled “Know your beach–this week from the beach.” Guest bloggers and Aquarium beach naturalists Bobby Arispe and Jen Strongin will share with us their findings from local beaches during summer low tides.

Also, don't forget to share your photos with us by tagging #BeachNaturalists, #SeattleAquarium or #KnowYourBeach!

Share your photos with us by tagging #BeachNaturalists, #SeattleAquarium or #KnowYourBeach!

 

Click on the image below to view the 2017 beach naturalist low tide flyer in a larger size.

Beach Naturalist 2017 Flyer

The beach naturalist program is co-sponsored by the following partners:

AMGEN Foundation
Forum for SB WRIA 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 log in and view training materials.