Stroll along almost any local beach during low tide and you’ll see that the shore is alive!
Not only can you discover Puget Sound’s multitude of marine plants and animals — you may also encounter Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists: advocates for the living wonders on our shorelines who are eager to share their knowledge.
The Beach Naturalist program runs on low-tide days throughout the summer and on select winter evenings. The amazing people who operate it are local residents who care about Puget Sound beaches and want to help protect them. More than 200 people have volunteered to help community members learn about and enjoy our shorelines.
Beach naturalists know their beaches: they can help you explore gently to keep animals and their homes safe; tell you what sea stars eat; explain why barnacles stand on their heads; describe how moon snails lay their eggs; and so much more. Scroll down to see our low-tide programming for 2024!
Ask a beach naturalist! Need help identifying something? Email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and a beach naturalist will respond to you as soon as we can.
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Become a Beach Naturalist
Interested in becoming a beach naturalist? Complete our volunteer information request form below!
Have questions about the program? Email us at email@example.com or call (206) 693-6214.
Beach Naturalist video guides
Videoguías de Naturalistas de playa
King County Flood Control District
Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed Salmon Recovery Council
MMS Giving Foundation
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