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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.

Kitsap Beach Naturalists

Program Contact: Water Stewardship Program Coordinator, Amy Smalley
(360) 228-7303 •

Kitsap Beach Naturalists
Register for 2021 Training
About the Program

The Kitsap Peninsula is an incredible place to learn about the waters and marine life that surround us. The Kitsap Beach Naturalist program is for people who want to discover and explore our shorelines and the sea life that call them home. Through partnership with UW’s Washington Sea Grant and WWU’s SEA Discovery Center, the Kitsap Beach Naturalist program offers an annual spring Beach Naturalist training and many free beach explorations for curious minds.


Free Beach Explorations

Each year, trained volunteers meet event participants out on beaches across the county (and beyond) to look for creatures that inhabit the intertidal zone. These explorations are free and open to all. Rubber boots or close-toes shoes are highly recommended.


Kitsap Beach Naturalist Training

This class is open to the public, is taught by local and regional experts, and covers topics such as:

  • Invertebrates and seaweeds
  • Birds and bugs
  • Shoreline conservation & restoration
  • Shoreline living
  • Salish Sea oceanography
  • Interpretative skills

After this training we will provide and connect you with opportunities to volunteer around Kitsap County. Beach Naturalist volunteer events include acting as a naturalist for community beach explorations and children’s field trips, conducting beach profiles, monitoring sea stars, and offering outreach at local events.


Additional Resources:

Here are some resources to get you started exploring Kitsap’s beaches:

Find the Kitsap Beach Watchers and Beach Naturalists on Facebook: