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Beach Naturalist program

Beach Naturalist program

Beach naturalists will be on the beach during select low tides, as conditions allow. Our teams will be wearing masks and staying 6’ apart to help keep our beaches safe.

Keep our beaches healthy for everyone by following these tips:

  • Practice physical distancing: stay 6’ apart from others.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Keep it small. Groups larger than five people are considered unsafe at this time.
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick or have a fever of 100.5 or higher.
  • Explore gently: low tide is stressful for many creatures.

Learn about our nearshore neighbors! Check out our Puget Sound Beach Field Guide.

Ask a beach naturalist! Need help identifying something? Take a photo and email to us at A beach naturalist will respond to you as soon as we can.


Practice physical distancing: stay 6’ apart from others.
Beach locations, dates and times
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, Carkeek Park, Golden Gardens Park, South Alki/Charles Richey Sr. Viewpoint, Lincoln Park, Seahurst Ed Munro Park, Saltwater State Park
Des Moines Beach Park
Redondo Beach
Dash Point State Park

Beach etiquette guides:

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

Beach naturalists: log in and view training materials.


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