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.

The 2017 training will be based out of McCollum Park, Everett every Friday at 9 AM – 3:30 PM from March 17 – May 19 and will include two Saturday field trips on April 1 and April 29. A descriptive cover letter will let you know what to expect from the 2017 training. Because class space is limited, an application due on March 8 (extended deadline) 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 2017 training, please contact Chrys Bertolotto at or (425) 357-6020. Check out the 2017 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.




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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!


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