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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 Watchers | Training

Program Contact: Jonathan Robinson, Beach Watchers Coordinator
(425) 357-6008 •

Immerse Yourself

Photo credit: Cordell Hauglie

In-Depth Education–Beach Watchers

Interested in protecting the waters & wildlife of Puget Sound? 

Become a Beach Watcher! Training begins March 6th! You receive 80 hours of university-caliber instruction through presentations, field trips and hands-on practice. For twelve weeks you immerse yourself in a myriad of topics including:

  • Coastal processes,
  • Marine organism identification,
  • Water quality conditions,
  • Public education techniques,
  • Habitat restoration solutions and so much more!

In return, you volunteer as a citizen scientist, educator, steward and project planner. It’s easy to provide the required 80-hours of volunteering over two years by picking the projects of greatest interest to you.

You don’t need to be an expert to participate – just be interested in Puget Sound issues and be willing share the knowledge you learn with people at local beaches and events throughout Snohomish County.

As with any WSU Snohomish Extension Program, our training is open and accessible to all interested participants without discrimination.

Apply Today


General Education–Beach Naturalist

Looking for a quick dip into Puget Sound Intertidal Ecology? 

Become a Beach Naturalist! Our quick 17-hours of education gives you the skills needed to teach marine life knowledge to school children and beach visitors. We ask that you attend:

  • Two Beach Watcher training sessions for 14-hours, and
  • One Beach Watcher field trip on a Saturday for three hours.

In return, you volunteer as a Naturalist at four Beach Watcher events this summer. It’s easy to provide the required 14-hours of volunteering at our beautiful local beaches in Edmonds, Mukilteo and Stanwood.

To learn about how marine life survives the ever-changing beach environment and how to share your new knowledge with the public, fill out our 2020 Beach Naturalist Application today.

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