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WSU Snohomish County Extension office has moved!

Our office is now located in the Snohomish County Parks & Recreation Administration Office at Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish, 98296.

Partners and Friends

Beach Watcher work is possible to thanks to our partners:


Below is a list of organizations that focus on Puget Sound and its environment.


Adopt-A-Stream Foundation

The mission of the Adopt-A-Stream Foundation is to identify and address degraded and stream and wetland ecosystems, while providing educational programs and publications that teach people to become stewards of their watersheds.

Audubon Society

Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.

Audubon Society – Pilchuck Chapter / Snohomish

A chapter of the National Audubon Society, for Snohomish County.

Birds – COASST

Citizen-science program established to identify the carcasses of marine birds found on beaches along the coasts of Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and California. The purpose is to establish baseline data of bird populations.

Falcon Research Group

The Falcon Research Group (FRG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of field research, public education, and the conservation of raptors. For over 20 years, the Falcon Research Group has been conducting raptor research in Western Washington, USA, and throughout the world. Hawk watching classes have given hundreds of people an insight into the lives of raptors. Thousands of Seattle citizens have followed the activities of local peregrines on the Washington Mutual tower via their web camera.

Marine Resources Committee – Snohomish County

The committee involves citizens and leaders of our community directly in future discussions, decisions and restoration commitments; enabling and assisting all segments of the public to protect and preserve the waters and their counties as interested stakeholders.

Nature Conservancy of Washington

Mission Statement: to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.  The Nature Conservancy owns tidelands in the north end of Port Susan and offers periodic tours and bird walks.

Washington NatureMapping Program

The goal is to deep common animals common and to maintain our quality of life. Approach is to train individuals to become aware of their natural resources and to provide the tools to inventory and monitor their resources.

Northwest Straits Initiative

As authorized by Congress the purpose is to coordinate county-based Marine Resources Committees, and to conduct regional projects such as derelict fishing gear and toxic creosote log removal.

Ocean Conservancy

Restore sustainable American fisheries; protect wildlife from human impacts; conserve special ocean places; reform government for better ocean stewardship.


The group is dedicated to raising awareness about the whales of the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of providing them healthy and safe habitats. Report or view whale sightings.

Padilla Bay national Estuarine Research Reserve

Padilla Bay national Estuarine Research Reserve is managed by the Washington State Department of Ecology under the National Estuarine Research Reserve System established by NOAA. The staff at Breazeale Interpretive Center offer education, research, and stewardship activities.

People For Puget Sound

This citizen’s group works to protect and restore the health of Puget Sound and the Northwest Straits through education and action. Their vision is a clean and healthy Sound, teeming with fish and wildlife, cared for by people who live here.

Port Townsend Marine Science Center

This is an educational and scientific organization promoting coastal education and conservation.  They are the Puget Sound lead on assessing marine plastics in the region.

Puget Sound Nearshore Partnership

The mission of the Nearshore Partnership is to restore and protect the nearshore habitat of Puget Sound for the benefit of the biological resources and the integrity of the ecosystem, including the functions and natural processes of the basin.

Puget Sound Partnership

The Puget Sound Partnership is implementing Governor Christine Gregoire’s Puget Sound Initiative – an effort to clean up Puget Sound by 2020.  This state agency works with citizens, governments, tribes, scientists and businesses to restore and protect Puget Sound.

Seattle Aquarium

The aquarium provides various educational events for children and adults. The Seattle Aquarium is located on Pier 59 on the Waterfront at: 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101, (206) 386-4300.

Shore Stewards

Started by Island County Beach Watchers this WSU Extension program helps shoreline community residents and businesses protect Puget Sound through property decision.  Each Shore Steward adopts up to 10 Guidelines for Shoreline living and receives free information from WSU Extension to inform those decisions.  Shore Stewards protect the waters and wildlife of Puget Sound, one property at a time.

Sound Salmon Solutions

Originally known as the Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force, SSS in a nonprofit organization that supports salmon recovery efforts in the Stillaguamish, Snohomish, and South Island County watersheds by connecting people to their watersheds through interactive education, hands-on stewardship and state-of-the-art habitat restoration.

The Whale Museum

The Museum goal is promoting stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem for over 25 years through education and research (located in Friday Harbor).

Washington Native Plant Society

The Washington Native Plant Society is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and study of the native plants of Washington and to the education of the public on the values of native flora and its habitat.  The Central Puget Sound Chapter covers South Snohomish County and King County and the Salal Chapter serves Skagit, Island, and Northern Snohomish counties.

Washington State Department of Ecology

Reaching the goals of a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound, now and forever.

WA Dept. of Ecology – Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program Home

Helps communities manage shorelands and wetlands; focus in on state and local responsibilities for administering Washington state and federally-delegated laws.