The Beach Naturalists training is open to the public and designed for anyone who is interested in beaches, marine life, and becoming better stewards. In this multi-day training, participants learn directly from researchers and practitioners about Salish Sea marine habitats and species, restoration and conservation efforts, community science opportunities, and more!
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What Will I Learn?
Salish Sea 101 The Salish Sea is one of the world’s largest and most biologically rich inland seas. Learn about ocean dynamics, tides, coastal processes, and the nearshore and marine habitats that make up this special corner of the world.
Seaweeds & Seagrasses Learn from local experts about the wondrous diversity of seaweeds and seagrasses, and their important ecological functions.
Intertidal Invertebrates & Sea Creatures This is always a favorite topic! You’ll learn about the various intertidal zones and the sea creatures that take residence there, with lots of fun facts and some identification skills to inspire your next low tide beach walk.
Restoration, Conservation & Protection Learn about what local Tribes, agencies, and organizations are doing to improve our marine and nearshore ecosystems, and how you can stay informed.
Community Science Find out how you can get involved in your community! Participants will learn about local and regional community science projects and opportunities, to apply and extend their training.
Upon registering for the training, participants commit to volunteering 20+ hours for marine-related programs over the following year. In helping local environmental stewardship organizations, participants extend their learning beyond the training and turn knowledge into action, for example, by learning how to survey Olympia oyster populations and educating public members about our marine environment.