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!

Click here for beach directions.

Look for signs at the beaches listed on the dates and times below.

*Lowest summer tides

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



Date

Time

Tuesday, May 29

10am-12:30pm

Wednesday, May 30

10:30am-1pm

Thursday, May 31

11:15am-1:45pm

Saturday, June 2

1pm-3pm

Wednesday, June 13

9:30am-12:30pm

*Thursday, June 14

9:30am-1pm

*Friday, June 15

10am-2pm

*Saturday, June 16

11am-3pm

Sunday, June 17

12pm-3:30pm

Friday, June 29

11am-1:30pm

Saturday, June 30

11:45am-1:45pm

Wednesday, July 11

9am-11:30am

*Thursday, July 12

9am-12:30pm

*Friday, July 13

9:30am-1:30pm

*Saturday, July 14

10:30am-2:30pm

Sunday, July 15

11:15am-2:45pm

Saturday, July 28

11am-1pm

Thursday, August 9

9am-11am

Friday, August 10

9am-12pm

Saturday, August 11

10am-1pm

Sunday, August 12

10:30am-1:30pm

 




Olympic Sculpture Park Beach

 

Date

 

Time

*Friday, June 15

10am-2pm

*Saturday, June 16

11am-3pm

Sunday, June 17

12pm-3:30pm

Friday, June 29

11am-1:30pm

Saturday, June 30

11:45am-1:45pm

Wednesday, July 11

9am-11:30am

*Thursday, July 12

9am-12:30pm

*Friday, July 13

9:30am-1:30pm

*Saturday, July 14

10:30am-2:30pm

Sunday, July 15

11:15am-2:45pm

Saturday, July 28

11am-1pm

Thursday, August 9

9am-11am

Friday, August 10

9am-12pm

Saturday, August 11

10am-1pm

Sunday, August 12

10:30am-1:30pm



 Des Moines Beach Park

 

Date

 

Time

Wednesday, June 13

9:30am-12:30pm

*Thursday, June 14

9:30am-1pm

*Friday, June 15

10am-2pm

*Saturday, June 16

11am-3pm

Sunday, June 17

12pm-3:30pm

Saturday, June 30

11:45-1:45pm

Wednesday, July 11

9am-11:30am

*Thursday, July 12

9am-12:30pm

*Friday, July 13

9:30am-1:30pm

*Saturday, July 14

10:30am-2:30pm

Sunday, July 15

11:15am-2:45pm

Thursday, August 9

9am-11am

Friday, August 10

9am-12pm

Saturday, August 11

10am-1pm

Sunday, August 12

10:30am-1:30pm



Dash Point State Park

 

Date

 

Time

*Friday, June 15

10am-2pm

*Saturday, June 16

11am-3pm

Sunday, June 17

12pm-3:30pm

*Thursday, July 12

9am-12:30pm

*Friday, July 13

9:30am-1:30pm

*Saturday, July 14

10:30am-2:30pm

Sunday, July 15

11:15am-2:45pm

Saturday, August 11

10am-1pm

Sunday, August 12

10:30am-1:30pm



 Redondo Beach

 

Date

 

Time

*Friday, June 15

10am-2pm

*Saturday, June 16

11am-3pm

Sunday, June 17

12pm-3:30pm

*Friday, July 13

9:30pm-1:30pm

*Saturday, July 14

10:30am-2:30pm

Sunday, July 15

11:15am-2:45pm

Saturday, August 11

10am-1pm

Sunday, August 12

10:30am-1:30pm



Blake Island State Park

 

Date

 

Time

*Saturday, June 16

11:30am-3:30pm

Sunday, June 17

11:30am-3:30pm

Sunday, July 15

11:30am-3:30pm



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 March, 2018.

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.