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Beach Watchers | Training

Program Contact: Lisa Conley, Beach Watchers Project Coordinator
(425) 357-6008 •

Immerse Yourself

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Become a Beach Watcher!

Interested in protecting the waters & wildlife of Puget Sound? 

All WSU Beach Watchers receive university-caliber training which includes 80-hours of training throughout the spring.

The training classroom is based out of either Everett or Marysville, and we travel throughout the county to visit the amazing places at our feet.

As with all WSU Extension programs these trainings are open and can be made accessible to all interested.


This training includes expert presentations, field trips and hands-on practice in:

  • coastal processes
  • marine organism identification
  • water quality conditions
  • public education tips
  • climate change
  • planned restoration efforts
  • and so much more!

In return, Beach Watchers continue learning while volunteering at least 80 hours over two years as citizen scientists, educators, restorationists and project planners. A few examples of WSU Beach Watchers projects are: doing beach interpretation at public parks; monitoring beach elevation, substrate and vegetation coverage; collecting water quality samples; planning and hosting educational events; educating Snohomish County residents, dog owners and more!

You don’t need to be an expert to participate – just be interested in Puget Sound issues and be willing and able to participate in projects after the training is over.

Beach Naturalist Training

Curious about life on the beach? Like to share what you know? Become a WSU Beach Naturalist!

Each year we offer a shortened training course and volunteer opportunity for people who want to dip their toes into Puget Sound intertidal ecology.

Take 17 hours of training with WSU Extension Beach Watchers to learn about how marine life survives the ever-changing beach environment and how to share your new knowledge with the public.

Beach Naturalists volunteer 14 hours (minimum of 4 shifts) with Beach Watchers this spring and summer as we teach school children and beach visitors in the Edmonds, Mukilteo, and Stannwood areas.

The training locations rotate between Everett, Mukilteo, and Edmonds.

The 2019 Beach Watchers and Beach Naturalist Training is now finished. Our 2020 Spring Training information will be posted early next year. Curious about the program? Check out our answers to Frequently Asked Questions and learn more about us, the Beach Watcher community.

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