Become a Beach Naturalist

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

Beach interpretation

Photo credit: Cordell Hauglie

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 Beach Naturalists receive 18 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 12 hours over the spring and summer sharing what you’ve learned with youth and beach visitor at Edmonds’ Olympic Beach, Mukilteo Lighthouse Park or Kayak Point County Park in Stanwood.

The 2017 training will be on Fridays April 21st and 28th AND Saturday April 29th from 9 AM – 3:30 PM each day. The training location will rotate between Everett, Mukilteo and Edmonds. A descriptive cover letter will let you know what to expect from the 2017 training. Because class space is limited, an application due on April 7th is required. There is a $35 materials fee and a free background check form must be filled on the first day of training. For questions or more information about the 2017 Beach Naturalist training, please contact Yolimar Rivera at or (425) 357-6029.

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