What (who) are W.S.U. Beach Watchers, and what do they do?
WSU Beach Watchers are volunteer marine stewardship educators. They share their knowledge with the public and spend at least 100 hours in community outreach programs over at least two years. That's basically 1 hour / week.
When is the 2011 training?
Classes and field trips be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting April 19th, for six weeks. Classes will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Camp Fire USA club house in Port Angeles. They will be followed by monthly advanced trainings and outreach events.
Training Dates: April 19, 21, 26, 28. May 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.
Download an application here (60 KB).
Jim Roberts and Lee Diemer remove Scotch Broom (a noxious weed) from Hollywood Beach in Port Angeles, WA.
How does it work?
WSU Beach Watcher volunteers receive about 100 hours of classroom and field training in a wide range of topics including coastal geology, marine biology, watersheds, septic systems, beach monitoring, estuaries and more.
"Community Payback" takes several forms, like our water quality monitoring program or our community outreach program, or new programs that volunteer teams create and implement.
WSU Beach Watchers are also researchers and stewards of the marine world. When they wear their volunteer "hat," they are members of a science based, politically neutral, non-activist, non-advocacy group.
Why take the training?
- Just because it's FUN!! Ask any WSU Beach Watcher in Clallam County, and they'll tell you they had a blast. They got to see animals, plants, and places they never knew existed. They got to meet and learn from working, practicing scientists and researchers every training day.
- Because Puget Sound is not healthy, and it needs everyone's help. Most folks don't know it, but it's in real trouble! You can help the public understand the problems facing the Sound, and you can give them concrete steps to preserve and improve our shared treasure.
Contact the Program Coordinator
(360) 565-2619 OR E-MAIL (CLICK HERE.)
~~~ OUR MISSION ~~~
"We are volunteers dedicated to protecting our waters through education, research, and stewardship."
- Help protect Clallam County’s valuable marine resources.
- Increase the public’s knowledge about our marine environment and their sense of stewardship for it.
- Educate top notch volunteers for community outreach & education.
- Increase the amount of useful data about our marine resources.
- Salt Creek Recreation Area outreach.
- B.E.A.C.H. program water quality monitoring.
- Public outreach at festivals, fairs, parades, workshops, etc.
The Endless Possibilities
- Leading interpretive beach walks
- Olympia oyster research & restoration
- Monitoring for oil spills
- Invasive species monitoring
- Classroom presentations
- Support the local Mammal Stranding Network
- Long term nearshore monitoring/mapping
- Mapping forage fish habitat and spawning areas
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