Beach Naturalists is for people who want to discover and explore our shorelines and the sea life that call them home. Nearly surrounded by water, the Kitsap Peninsula is an amazing and unique place to learn about the cool critters like sea stars, clams, and crabs, as well as the birds, seaweeds, and plants that live on our beaches.
This six-week class is offered Thursday evenings 6pm-9pm, April 13-May 18, 2017. Register here! If you can’t make it this year, you can sign up to be notified when the next training is scheduled. This class is open to the public, is taught by local and regional experts, and covers topics such as:
- Invertebrates and seaweeds
- Birds and bugs
- Shoreline conservation & restoration
- Shoreline living
- Salish Sea oceanography
- Interpretative skills
After this training we will provide and connect you with opportunities to volunteer around Kitsap County. Beach Naturalist volunteer events include acting as a naturalist for community beach explorations and children’s field trips, conducting beach profiles, monitoring sea stars, and offering outreach at local events.
Here are some resources to get you started exploring Kitsap’s beaches:
- Explore our Puget Sound Beaches
- Marine Riparian Areas: These Important Nearshore Environments Offer a Wealth of Functions and Benefits
- Gathering Safe Shellfish in Washington
- Bivalves for Clean Water
- Ocean Acidification in Washington State
- Aquatic Invasive Species: A Guide to Least-Wanted Aquatic Organisms of the Pacific Northwest
- On the Lookout for Aquatic Invaders: Identification Guide for the West
- Tips to Refuel Boats Safely
- Scooping the Poop
Find the Kitsap Beach Watchers and Beach Naturalists on Facebook:
Teachers and Leaders: Request Beach Walk Volunteers Here
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