Welcome to WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers!

We are 97 volunteers dedicated to the protection of our local natural resources, especially focusing on Puget Sound. Even though we've existed for only nine years, we have volunteered over 49,000 hours to Salish Sea research, education and stewardship projects near our homes.  While our name says "Beach" we work through out the landscape to protect the waters, wildlife and landscapes that we all value and enjoy.


Sound Living - A One Day University

October 31, 2015 9 AM - 3 PM

New Venue! Mukilteo Presbyterian Church, 4514 84th St SW, Mukilteo

WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers are proud to offer Sound Living -- a community day of learning about the connections between the water, land and people of the Salish Sea. It is a day of inspiration and education, offering everyone who is curious about Puget Sound a chance to learn more about the region and to find their own way to take part in its restoration and protection.

This year, we focus on the Vital Signs of Puget Sound - key ecosystem indicators and improvement targets adopted five years ago to assess whether we’re making progress in restoring the Sound.  While Puget Sound continues to be a vibrant, beautiful landscape gifted with thousands of rivers, streams, forests, wildlife and plants, it is also home to past and current booming economies that continue to put pressure on the natural systems of the region. Sound Living 2015 attendees will learn about the research and status of six of the vital signs and the outlook for tomorrow and beyond.

Registration is $15 per person. Register online at www.wsusoundliving.org. Registration opens on September 1, 2015. Lunch is available for purchase upon registration, or you can bring your own.  

For more information or to register, check the website at www.wsusoundliving.org or contact the Sound Living Planning Team at soundliving@wsu.edu or (425)-357-6028.


Come Explore the Beach this Summer!

The last few days of guided intertidal exploration are upon us!  Explore the local marine life at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park or Kayak Point County Park beaches this summer with WSU Beach Watchers and Beach Naturalists.    

Our trained volunteers will be sharing their knowledge about the animals found in Puget Sound beaches with all visitors. Join us! Check out the summer days flyer for dates and times.


Become a Beach Watcher!

Snohomish County WSU Beach Watchers receive 100 hours of university-caliber training from over 40 local experts, offered annually. Beach Watchers agree to volunteer at least 100 hours over two years. The training expands our minds and the volunteering expands our skills, our hearts and our connection to our community.  The 2016 training dates are being determined. If you are interested in knowing when the training will be available and receive an application for the 2016 training contact the Snohomish County WSU Beach Watcher Coordinator at chrys@wsu.edu or call (425) 357-6020 for more information. The 2015 agenda, application and descriptive cover letter lets you see what to expect.

We work on a broad range of projects, allowing each of us to find the ones that meet our diverse interests in our own communities. Projects range from doing beach interpretation of critters at local parks during low tides to water quality sampling to organizing public seminars.

Beach Watchers are currently evaluating the slate of educational activities we offer in the years ahead.  Our Puget Sound, In Depth seminar series and the Youth Art Contest are all on hold as volunteers and staff work together to clarify our educational objectives.

WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers partner with many organizations to set our project priorities and to share our resources and expertise. Our major partners include the Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee, Washington Department of Ecology and the City of Mukilteo. Please explore our website site further to learn about our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.


Does Beach Watcher training look like too much? 

Become a 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. There is a training offered that prepares everyone to volunteer at least 9 hours over the spring and summer sharing what they've learned at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park or Kayak Point County Park (Stanwood). The training is 13 hours with expert presenters and field time.

The 2016 training dates are being determined. If you are interested in knowing when the training will be available and receive an application for the 2016 training contact Yolimar Rivera at yolimar.rivera@wsu.edu or call (425) 357-6029 for more information. The 2015 descriptive cover letter and application lets you see what to expect.


Teachers and Educators

Each year, Beach Watchers offer classroom and field trip support during the spring to approximately 40 classes so students can learn about intertidal life, tides, and so much more! Because of limited space, there is an application process. If you are interested in receiving an application for the 2016 field trips please contact Yolimar Rivera at yolimar.rivera@wsu.edu or call (425) 357-6029 for more information.


Beach Watcher Volunteer Page and Tools!


Hope to see you out and about soon!

Last updated August 2015

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