Welcome to WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers!

We are 94 volunteers dedicated to the protection of our local natural resources, especially focusing on Puget Sound. In ten years, we have volunteered over 51,000 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.

 

Become a Beach Watcher!

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.

The 2016 training will be based out of McCollum Park, Everett every Friday at 9 AM – 3:30 PM from March 18 - May 27 and will include two Saturday field trips on April 23 and May 14. A descriptive cover letter will let you know what to expect from the 2016 training. Because class space is limited, an application due on February 26, 2016 is required, along with a free background check and a $35 materials fee. Waivers are available upon request. For questions or more information about the 2016 training, please contact Yolimar Rivera at yolimar.rivera@wsu.edu or (425) 357-6029. Check out the 2016 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.

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 and the City of Mukilteo. 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 Extension Beach Naturalists receive 13 hours of training with 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 9 hours over the spring and summer sharing what you've learned at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park or Kayak Point County Park (Stanwood).

The 2016 training will be at Mukilteo's Rosehill Community Center on Fridays April 1 and 8 from 9 AM – 3:30 PM. A descriptive cover letter will let you know what to expect from the 2016 training. Because class space is limited, an application due on March 18, 2016 is required, along with a free background check and a $10 materials fee. Waivers are available upon request. For questions or more information about the 2016 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 to approximately 40 classes so students can learn about intertidal life, tides, watersheds and more! Because of limited space, there is an application process. The application is due on April 15th, 2016. For more information, please contact Yolimar Rivera at yolimar.rivera@wsu.edu or call (425) 357-6029.

 

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

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Beach Watcher Volunteer Page and Tools!

 

Hope to see you out and about soon!

Last updated January 2016

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