Beach Watchers

Program Contact: Chrys Bertolotto, Natural Resource Programs Manager
(425) 357-6020 •


Welcome to WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers!


We are 86 volunteers dedicated to the protection of our local natural resources, especially focusing on Puget Sound. In 12 years, we have volunteered over 64,000 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 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 2018 training will be based out of the WSU Everett Campus on Broadway Ave every Wednesday from 9 AM – 4 PM starting March 21 through May 30 and will include three Saturday field trips on April 7, May 5 and May 19. Because class space is limited, an application due on March 7, 2018 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 2018 training, please contact Chrys Bertolotto at or (425) 357-6020. Check out the 2018 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. Learn more about our major partners and friends and please explore our website site further to learn about our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. We also publish a monthly newsletter, the Ebb Tide, with many educational and volunteer opportunities with Beach Watchers and other Puget Sound related organizations.


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 20 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 14 hours over the spring and summer sharing what you’ve learned at Edmonds’ Olympic Beach, Mukilteo Lighthouse Park or Kayak Point County Park (Stanwood). Check the 2018 training flyer!


The 2018 training will be on Wednesdays May 9th and 16th AND Saturday May 19th from 9 AM – 4 PM each day. Because class space is limited, an application (WORD version or PDF version) due on April 25th is required There is a $35 materials fee and a free background check form must be filled on the first day of training. For more information, please contact Chrys Bertolotto at or (425) 357-6020.



For Teachers and Educators

Learn about our Puget Sound Marine Youth Education Program – Bring Puget Sound to your classroom, and your class to Puget Sound! 2018 applications are being accepted until March 30th!


For Volunteers

Check out our volunteer tools page!

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