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Beach Naturalist program

Beach Naturalist program

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. 

 

Evening beach walk

Explore Constellation Park/Richey Viewpoint beach in West Seattle during two winter nighttime low tides with Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists and discover what creatures we see at this time of year. This is a free, family-friendly, drop-in program—no registration necessary!

 

Children gathered around Beach Naturalist on the beach

Interested in becoming a beach naturalist? Complete our volunteer information request form.

Beach etiquette guides:
English-Chinese
English-Spanish

 

If you have questions about the Beach Naturalist program, email beachnaturalist@seattleaquarium.org or call (206) 693-6214.

Beach naturalists: log in and view training materials.

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Sponsors

  • King County Flood Control District
  • Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed Salmon Recovery Council
  • Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation
  • The City of Burien
  • The City of Des Moines
  • The City of Shoreline
  • Washington State Parks
  • Watershed Ecosystem Forum for WRIA 9