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WSU Beach Watcher Training

Program Contact: Chrys Bertolotto, Natural Resource Programs Manager
(425) 357-6020 •

Immerse Yourself

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

Beach Naturalist Training

Take 20 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 (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 2018 Beach Naturalist Training is currently in progress. Applications for 2019 will be available in early Spring. There is a $35 materials fee and all participants need to fill out a background check form on the first day of training.


Beach Water Training – Spring of 2019

Want to have a more in-depth volunteer experience? 

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.

While the classroom is based out of the WSU Everett Campus on Broadway Ave, we travel throughout the county to visit the amazing places at our feet.


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.

The 2018 training is currently in progress. The 2018 training flyer, along with the 2017 training agenda will give you an idea of what to expect for Spring of 2019. Check out our answers to Frequently Asked Questions! For more information about the training, please contact Chrys Bertolotto at or (425) 357-6020.


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