Welcome to WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers!

We are 104 volunteers dedicated to the protection of our local natural resources, especially focusing on Puget Sound. In ten years, we have volunteered over 54,000 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.


Summer Beach Naturalist Days

Come explore the beach this summer with WSU Beach Watchers! We will be at Kayak Point Park beach (Stanwood), Mukilteo Lighthouse Park beach and Olympic Beach in Edmonds on different dates sharing what we know to help families learn more about the beach and the amazing creatures that live there. No RSVP needed. Check out our flyer to learn when and where to find us!



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.

Come join our public events on July 9th and 30th – we’ll meet in the lower parking lot of Rosehill Community Center (304 Lincoln Ave, Mukilteo) from 10 AM to 1 PM weather permitting (rain cancels the events). You must RSVP in order to participate.

Can’t make it to our public events? No worries! Reserve a storm drain marking kit this summer 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.


"Healthy Pets and Clean Yards" Events

Beach Watchers will be giving FREE dog poop bags and dispensers to Mukilteo dog owners throughout this summer. Come learn about why it is important to "Scoop the Poop, Bag it, and Toss it in the Trash". Find us at these events:

July 24th, 4 to 7 PM - Japanese Gulch Dog Park (1599 5th St, Mukilteo)

August 20th, 10 AM to 1 PM - Japanese Gulch Dog Park

September 7th, 3 - 7 PM - Mukilteo Lighthouse Park / Farmer's Market (609 Front St, Mukilteo)


Sound Living 2017

Save the Date: Saturday, October 22nd

Mukilteo Presbyterian Church (84th St SW)

Keynote Speaker: Jeff Renner, KING 5 Meteorologist (retired)

Theme: "From Snow Caps to White Caps"

Beach Watchers are proud to offer Sound Living each fall -- a community day of learning about the connections between the water, land and people of Snohomish County and the surrounding area. It is a day of inspiration and education, offering everyone who cares about Puget Sound a change to learn more about it, and to help attendees find their own way to be part of restoring and protecting Puget Sound for future generations.

More details about Sound Living 2017 are to come. If you have any questions, please contact Sound.Living@wsu.edu or (425) 357-6028.


Teachers and Educators

Each year, Beach Watchers offer classroom and field trip support during the spring to approximately 40 classes so students can learn about intertidal life, tides, watersheds and more! Because of limited space, there is an application process. To be placed in the mailing list for the 2017 applications, please contact Yolimar Rivera at yolimar.rivera@wsu.edu or call (425) 357-6029.



More About Beach Watchers

Snohomish County WSU Beach Watchers receive 80 hours of university-caliber training involving field trips and lectures from over 40 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.

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.

We are currently evaluating the slate of educational activities we offer in the years ahead. Our Puget Sound, In Depth seminar series and the Youth Art Contest are all on hold as volunteers and staff work together to clarify our educational objectives.

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.



Want to learn more about Puget Sound and upcoming Beach Watcher events?

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Hope to see you out and about soon!

Last updated July 2016

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