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WSU Beach Watcher Training

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

Immerse Yourself

2019 Beach Naturalist Training

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

Photo credit: Cordell Hauglie

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 Naturalist Training is happening May 10, 17 and 18th. There is a $35 materials fee and all participants need to fill out a background check form on the first day of training. Learn more about the Summer Exploration Dates here.

Ready to immerse yourself? Please fill out our Beach Naturalist Application and submit it via mail, email, or fax (425-338-3994) by April 29th at 4:30 pm to Chrys Bertolotto.

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 Jennings Park in Marysville, and 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 2019 training is currently in progress. The 2019 training Flyer, along with the 2018 training agenda will give you an idea of what to expect for 2020. Check out our answers to Frequently Asked Questions!

For more information about the training, please contact Chrys Bertolotto at or (425) 357-6020.

Learn more about us, the Beach Watcher community.

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