June 27, 2019
Beach Naturalist program
Interested in becoming a beach naturalist?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive program information. Training for new volunteers begins April 2.
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.
Join trained volunteers and explore the beach with us! Look for signs at the beaches listed on the upcoming dates and times below. Click here for beach directions.
Beach naturalists: log in and view training materials.
- 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
- The City of Burien
- The City of Des Moines
- The City of Shoreline