Closure alert!
The Aquarium will be closed all day Friday, June 3 for Splash! our annual fundraising gala. We will be back open, from 9:30am-5pm, on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

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 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 will post our schedule for the 2016 season in January.

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 23:
10am–1:30pm

June 20:
10am–1:30pm

July 19:
10am-1pm

May 24:
10:30am–1:30pm

June 21:
9:30am–1:30pm

July 20:
10am–1:30pm

June 3:
9:30am–1pm

June 22:
10am–1:30pm

July 21:
11am–2pm

June 4*:
10am–2pm

July 2:
9:30am–noon

July 31:
9:30–11:30am

June 5*:
10am–2pm

July 3*:
10am–1:30pm

August 1:
9:30am–12:30pm

June 6*:
9:30am–1:30pm

July 4*:
10am–1:30pm

August 2:
10am–1pm

June 7*:
10am–2pm

July 5*:
10:30am–2:15pm

August 3:
11am–1:30pm

June 19:
10am-12:30pm

July 6:
11am-3pm


Olympic Sculpture Park pocket beach:

June 4*:
10am–2pm

July 4*:
10am–1:30pm

July 21:
11am–2pm

June 5*:
10am–2pm

July 5*:
10:30am–2:15pm

July 31:
9:30–11:30am

June 19:
10am–12:30pm

July 6:
11am–3pm

August 1:
9:30am–12:30pm

July 2:
9:30am–noon

July 19:
10am–1pm

August 2:
10am–1pm

July 3*:
10am–1:30pm

July 20:
10am–1:30pm

August 3:
11am–1:30pm


Des Moines Beach Park:

June 4*:
10am–2pm

July 4*:
10am–1:30pm

July 21:
11am–2pm

June 5*:
10am–2pm

July 5*:
10:30am–2:15pm

July 31:
9:30–11:30am

June 19:
10am–12:30pm

July 6:
11am–3pm

August 1:
9:30am–12:30pm

July 2:
9:30am–noon

July 19:
10am–1pm

August 2:
10am–1pm

July 3*:
10am–1:30pm

July 20:
10am–1:30pm

August 3:
11am–1:30pm


Dash Point State Park:

June 4*:
10am–2pm

July 3*:
10am–1:30pm

June 5*:
10am–2pm

July 4*:
10am–1:30pm

July 2:
9:30am–noon

July 5*:
10:30am–2:15pm


Redondo Beach:

June 4*:
10am–2pm

July 3*:
10am–1:30pm

July 5*:
10:30am–2:15pm

July 2:
9:30am–noon

July 4*:
10am–1:30pm


Blake Island:

June 22:
12:30–2:30pm

July 6:
12:30–2:30pm


Interested in becoming a Beach Naturalist volunteer?

Please contact beachnaturalist@seattleaquarium.org or call (206) 693-6189 by February 23, 2016. Training will begin in March.

 


Click on the image below to view the 2016 Beach Naturalist low tide flyer in a larger size.

Beach Naturalist 2016 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 login and view training materials.