Welcome to WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers!

We are 75 volunteers dedicated to the protection of our local natural resources, especially focusing on Puget Sound. In 11 years, we have volunteered over 58,000 hours to Salish Sea research, education and stewardship projects near our homes.  While our name says "Beach" we work through out the landscape to protect the waters, wildlife and landscapes that we all value and enjoy.


Snohomish County WSU Beach Watchers receive 80 hours of university-caliber training involving field trips and lectures from over 35 local experts on topics like salmon, water quality, ocean acidification, intertidal life history, coastal processes, native plants, youth education techniques, and so much more! Beach Watchers agree to volunteer at least 80 hours over two years. The training expands our minds and the volunteering expands our skills, our hearts and our connection to our community.

The 2017 training will be based out of McCollum Park, Everett every Friday at 9 AM – 3:30 PM from March 17 – May 19 and will include two Saturday field trips on April 1 and April 29. A descriptive cover letter will let you know what to expect from the 2017 training. Because class space is limited, an application due on February 26, 2017 is required, along with a free background check. There is also a $55 (electronic version) or $75 (hard copy version) materials fee. For questions or more information about the 2017 training, please contact Chrys Bertolotto at chrys@wsu.edu or (425) 357-6020. Check out the 2017 training flyer!

Beach Watchers work on a broad range of projects, allowing each of us to find the ones that meet our diverse interests in our own communities. Projects range from doing beach interpretation of critters at local parks during low tides to water quality sampling to organizing public seminars.

WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers partner with many organizations to set our project priorities and to share our resources and expertise. Our major partners include the Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee, Washington Department of Ecology, the City of Mukilteo and the Tulalip Tribes. Please explore our website site further to learn about our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.


Does the Beach Watcher training look like too much? 

Become a Beach Naturalist!

Each year we offer a shortened training course and volunteer opportunity for people who want to dip their toes into Puget Sound intertidal ecology. WSU Beach Naturalists receive 18 hours of training with expert presenters and field time to learn about marine life and how to share their knowledge with the public. The training prepares you to volunteer at least 12 hours over the spring and summer sharing what you've learned with youth and beach visitor at Edmonds’ Olympic Beach, Mukilteo Lighthouse Park or Kayak Point County Park in Stanwood.

The 2017 training will be on Fridays April 21st and 28th AND Saturday April 29th from 9 AM – 3:30 PM each day. The training location will rotate between Everett, Mukilteo and Edmonds. A descriptive cover letter will let you know what to expect from the 2017 training. Because class space is limited, an application due on April 7th is required. There is a $35 materials fee and a free background check form must be filled on the first day of training. For questions or more information about the 2017 Beach Naturalist training, please contact Yolimar Rivera at yolimar.rivera@wsu.edu or (425) 357-6029.


Teachers and Educators

Each year, Beach Watchers offer classroom and field trip support during the spring months to approximatelly 30 classes so students can learn about intertidal life, tides, watersheds and more! Check out the 2017 flyer!

Because of limited space, there is an application process. Applications are due on April 5th. For more information, please contact Yolimar Rivera at yolimar.rivera@wsu.edu or (425) 357-6029, or browse our our answers to frequently asked questions.




Only Rain Goes Down the Drain

Storm Drain Medallion Community Service Events

Remind others to keep pollution out of Puget Sound by placing medallions that read “No Dumping. Drains to Sound” in storm drains located in public areas of Mukilteo. We’ll provide storm drain marking kits with everything you need to install the medallions and a WSU Beach Watcher will provide instruction on how to place them properly and safely.

Reserve a storm drain marking kit in the summer of 2017 and place medallions in Mukilteo with your family or a group on a date that you can! To RSVP, reserve a storm drain marking kit, or for questions, please contact onlyrain.indrains@wsu.edu or (425) 357-6020.



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Hope to see you out and about soon!

Last updated December 2016

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