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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Beach Naturalists

Program Contact: Monica Montgomery, Beach Naturalist/MRC Coordinator

Discover the World of Beaches, Bluffs and Marine Life


Version 2The 2020 Jefferson Beach Naturalist training is going virtual!


Jefferson and Kitsap WSU Extension programs are collaborating to deliver a 3-week Beach Naturalists course designed for anyone interested in beaches, marine life, and becoming better stewards.

Participants in this course receive comprehensive, science-based training from experts in their fields, with the opportunity to ask them questions directly.  You will learn about marine habitats and species of the Salish Sea, regional restoration and conservation efforts, and community science opportunities.

The virtual course will be offered through Zoom, 9:30am – 1pm on Mondays and Thursdays through the first three weeks of August (August 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, and 20).

The course will include lectures, guest speaker panels, q&a sessions, curated recommended readings, and a discussion forum outside of class time for interactive learning opportunities.

To register ($70), please contact Monica Montgomery, the Jefferson WSU Beach Naturalist/MRC Coordinator at by July 27. Space is limited! View Jefferson-Kitsap virtual class flyer.


What Will I Learn?

Salish Sea 101 – The Salish Sea is one of the world’s largest and biologically rich inland seas. Learn about ocean dynamics, beach processes, and the nearshore and marine habitats that make up this special corner of the world.

Seaweeds & Seagrasses – Learn from local experts Jeff Adams and Nam Siu about the wondrous diversity of seaweeds and seagrasses, and their wide variety of ecological functions.

Intertidal CR

Intertidal Invertebrates & Fishes – Intertidal life and habitats is always a favorite topic! While we may not be able to get out to the beach together, spending a morning with Greg Jensen, author of Beneath Pacific Tides, will surely inform and inspire your next low tide beach walk.

Community Science – Students will learn about community science projects and opportunities with the WA Sea Grant SoundToxins program and Crab Team, Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee, and more! What are harmful algal blooms and how are they being monitored? Why is the European Green Crab considered to be one of the world’s worst invasive species and how can we protect our native habitats? How do I know if a marine mammal is stranded and what should I do?  Learn the answers to these, and find out other ways you can get involved in shoreline, kelp and Olympia oyster monitoring efforts.

And much more!



How Do We Volunteer and Where?

Beach Naturalists (and Stream Stewards) volunteer with many organizations in the community. We help with salmon spawning surveys (North Olympic Salmon Coalition); serve as docent volunteers at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center; organize clammer education programs like Diggin’ for Dinner (with WDFW); hobnob with tourists and friends at the annual Wooden Boat Festival; assist with Olympia oysters habitat restoration (Jefferson Marine Resources Committee) and more! If your volunteer activity is closely related to water resources, it counts!

SalmonSpawnNOSC_P1010375Volunteer Hours

Jefferson County Beach Naturalists and Stream Stewards  can report their hours in an on-line database.

Click here to log your volunteer hours.
Click HERE for instructions on how to report your hours.





group at Snow-Salmon Cr restoration
Beach Naturalists at Snow-Salmon Creek restoration