Welcome to WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers!

We are 80 volunteers dedicated to the protection of our local natural resources, especially focusing on Puget Sound. Even though we've existed for only nine years, we have volunteered over 46,000 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 hte waters, wildlife and landscapes that we all value and enjoy.

Snohomish County WSU Beach Watchers receive 100 hours of university-caliber training from over 40 local experts, offered annually. This year, the training includes 80 hours in an eight week intensive and offer 20 hours of continuing education throughout the year.  Beach Watchers agree to volunteer at least 100 hours over two years. The training expands our minds and the volunteering expands our skills, our hearts and our connection to our community.  The 2015 training is fully booked, but dates and an application for the next year's training will be available in early 2016. The 2015 agenda, application and descriptive cover letter let's you see what to expect.

We 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.

Beach Watchers are currently evaluating the slate of educational activities we offer in the years ahead.  Our Puget Sound, In Depth seminar series, Sound Living - A One Day Unviersity 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 and the City of Mukilteo. Please explore our website site further to learn about our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.


Does 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. There is a training offered that prepares everyone to volunteer at least 9 hours over the spring and summer sharing what they've learned at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park or Kayak Point County Park (Stanwood). The training is 13 hours with expert presenters and field time.

The 2015 training is over, but dates for the 2016 training are to come! The 2015 descriptive cover letter and application let you see what to expect. For more information, please email Yolimar Rivera at yolimar.rivera@wsu.edu or call (425) 357-6029.


Teachers and Educators

Each year, Beach Watchers offer classroom and field trip support to approximately 40 classes so students can learn about tides, beach rocks, intertidal life and so much more! There is limited space, so there is an application process. The 2015 field trips are no longer available since all dates are fully boked. Dates for 2016 field trips to come! If you have questions, please contact Yolimar Rivera at (425) 357-6029 or yolimar.rivera@wsu.edu.

2015 Marine Education in the Classroom and at the Beach Flyer!


Come Explore the Beach this Summer!

Explore the local marine life at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park or Kayak Point County Park beaches this summer with WSU Beach Watchers and Beach Naturalists.    

Our trained volunteers will be sharing their knowledge about the animals found in Puget Sound beaches with all visitors. Join us! Check out the summer days flyer for dates and times.


Interested in Beach Watchers Beyond Snohomish County?

There are Beach Watcher programs in Jefferson, Island and Snohomish County.  Kitsap County has a volunteer program with strong marine connections.  Check out this brochure if you'd like to learn about the regional aspects of the Beach Watcher Program.  For more local information, read on!.


Beach Watcher Volunteer Page and Tools!


Hope to see you out and about soon!

Last updated May 2015

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