Beach Watchers

Program Contact: Yolimar Rivera Vázquez, Natural Resources Coordinator
(425) 357-6029 •


Welcome to WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers!


We are 75 volunteers dedicated to the protection of our local natural resources, especially focusing on Puget Sound. In 11 years, we have volunteered over 58,000 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.


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.

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.



Upcoming Events:

Summer Beach Days – FREE Low Tide Exploration!

Come explore the beach this summer with WSU Beach Watchers. We will be at local beaches 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 2017 Summer Beach Days flyer to learn which dates and times you can find us at Edmonds’ Olympic Beach, Mukilteo Lighthouse Park or Kayak Point County Park (Stanwood).

Reasonable requests for accommodations can be provided to people with disabilities or special needs by contacting Yolimar Rivera at (425) 357-6029 at least two weeks before an event.


Storm Drain Marking Volunteer Events

Families and community groups can help remind others to keep pollution out of Puget Sound by placing “No Dumping; Drains to Sound” medallions. Connect with WSU Beach Watchers to reserve a storm drain marking kit or join us at Mukilteo City Hall during our public community service events to be held on July 15th and July 29th.

Public Storm Drain Marking Events – RSVP is required

Dates: July 15th and July 29th (weather permitting – rain cancels the events)

Time: 10 AM – 1 PM

Meet at: Mukilteo Council Chambers, City Hall, 11930 Cyrus Way, Mukilteo


Help us share the message that Only Rain Is Allowed Down the Drain by signing up for one of these opportunities today! Contact or (425) 357-6029.

You can learn more about keeping Mukilteo and Puget Sound waters clean at


For Teachers and Educators

Learn about our Puget Sound Marine Youth Education Program – Bring Puget Sound to your classroom, and your classroom to Puget Sound!


For Volunteers

Check out our volunteer tools page!

For more information or questions, Contact Us.

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