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, 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—be sure to visit one this summer and meet the Beach Naturalists. They know their beaches: they can help you enjoy the beach without harming it; tell you what sea stars eat, why barnacles stand on their heads and 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."

Interested in becoming a Beach Naturalist volunteer?

Training begins March 10.
Please contact beachnaturalist@seattleaquarium.org or call (206) 386-4365 by March 6, 2015 to sign up.


Meet us at the beach!

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, Constellation Park/South Alki, Lincoln Park, Seahurst and Saltwater State Park:

May 19**: 9:45am–1:30pm; June 2: 9:45am–1pm;
June 3: 9:45am-1:30pm; June 4*: 10:30am–2pm;
June 6: 12:30–3:30pm; June 7: 1:45–4:15pm;
June 15: 9:30am–1pm; June 16*: 9:30am–1:30pm;
June 17*: 10:30am–1:45pm; June 18: 11:15am–2:15pm;
July 1: 9:45am–1pm; July 2*: 10am–1:30pm;
July 3*: 10:45am–2:15pm; July 4: 11:45am–3pm;
July 5: 12:45–3:15pm; July 14: 9:30am–noon;
July 15: 10am–12:45pm; July 30: 9:45am–12:15pm;
July 31: 10am–1:15pm; August 1: 10:45am–1:45pm;
August 2: 11:45am–2:15pm.

**Not at Seahurst or Saltwater State Park on this date.


Olympic Sculpture Park pocket beach:

June 6: 12:30–3:30pm; June 7: 1:45–4:15pm; July 1: 9:45am–1pm;
July 2*: 10am–1:30pm; July 3*: 10:45am–2:15pm;
July 4: 11:45am–3pm; July 5: 12:45–3:15pm; July 14: 9:30am–noon;
July 15: 10am–12:45pm; July 30: 9:45am–12:15pm;
July 31: 10am–1:15pm; August 1: 10:45am–1:45pm;
August 2: 11:45am–2:15pm.


Blake Island:

June 6: 12:30–2:30pm; July 3*: 12:30–2:30pm; July 4: 12:30–2:30pm;
July 5: 12:30–2:30pm.


Des Moines Beach Park:

June 6: 12:30–3:30pm; June 7: 1:45–4:15pm; July 1: 9:45am–1pm;
July 2*: 10am–1:30pm; July 3*: 10:45am–2:15pm;
July 4: 11:45am–3pm; July 5: 12:45–3:15pm; July 14: 9:30am–noon;
July 15: 10am–12:45pm; July 30: 9:45am–12:15pm;
July 31: 10am–1:15pm; August 1: 10:45am–1:45pm;
August 2: 11:45am–2:15pm.


Redondo Beach:

July 4: 11:45am–3pm; August 1: 10:45am–1:45pm.


Dash Point State Park:

July 2*: 10am–1:30pm; July 3*: 10:45am–2:15pm;
July 4: 11:45am–3pm; July 31: 10am–1:15pm;
August 1: 10:45am–1:45pm.


Interested in becoming a volunteer Beach Naturalist?
Email beachnaturalist@seattleaquarium.org or call (206) 386-4365 by March 6, 2015.

 


Click on the image below to view the 2015 Beach Naturalist low tide flyer in a larger size.

Beach Naturalist 2015 Flyer

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

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