WSU Beach Watcher Training

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

Immerse Yourself

Do you love to spend time on the beach?
Want to craft your own volunteer experience?
Interested in protecting the waters & wildlife of Puget Sound?

Ben (Class of 2010)

Then become a WSU Beach Watcher!

All WSU Beach Watchers receive university-caliber training. This 80 hour WSU Beach Watcher Training Program includes expert presentations, field trips and hands-on practice in:

  • coastal processes
  • marine organism identification
  • water quality conditions
  • public education tips
  • climate change
  • planned restoration efforts
  • and so much more!

Beach Watchers receive 80 hours of training throughout the spring. While the classroom is based out of the WSU Everett Campus on Broadway Ave, we travel throughout the county to visit the amazing places at our feet.

The 2018 training dates are Wednesdays, March 21st through May 30th AND Saturdays, April 7, May 5 and May 19 from 9 AM – 4 PM. Trainees should plan to attend the full Beach Watcher training program. The 2018 training flyer, along with the 2017 training agenda will give you an idea of what to expect. Check out our answers to Frequently Asked Questions!

In return, Beach Watchers continue learning while volunteering at least 80 hours over two years as citizen scientists, educators, restorationists and project planners. The Class of 2018 can start volunteering right after the training is over in the late spring!  A few examples of WSU Beach Watchers projects are: doing beach interpretation at public parks; monitoring beach elevation, substrate and vegetation coverage; collecting water quality samples; planning and hosting educational events; educating Snohomish County residents, dog owners and more!

You don’t need to be an expert to participate – just be interested in Puget Sound issues and be willing and able to participate in projects after the training is over.

Class size is limited, so there is a required application due on March 7th, along with a free background check. You can download the application in Word or as a PDF. There is also a $55 (electronic version) or $75 (hard copy version) fee for materials. For more information about the training, please contact Chrys Bertolotto at or (425) 357-6020.


Learn more about us, the Beach Watcher community.

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