Welcome to Island County Beach Watchers
Education, Research, Stewardship
We hope you share our passion for these beautiful islands and will join us to understand, value, and protect Island County's priceless marine environment.
We are proud of having founded the Beach Watcher's program in 1989. Since then more than 300 Island County volunteers have completed Beach Watcher training.
Every year we give back more than 20,000 hours of volunteer service - collecting data on marine plants and animals, measuring shore topography, evaluating water quality, talking with the public, conducting tours and classes, and doing hands-on work such as removing invasive weeds from fragile estuaries.
We continually work to improve, maintain and protect a thriving Puget Sound ecosystem through education, community outreach, stewardship, and research.
Our standards are high. Our programs are creative, educational and diverse, allowing every volunteer to find a perfect niche for their interests and talents.
We are administered by the Washington State University (WSU) Island County Extension Program and are headquartered at Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Fort Casey State Park, on Whidbey Island.
We are part of the Puget Sound Starts Here outreach program. Invite our PSSH-W team to give a talk to your group about how you can help to reduce the pollution entering Puget Sound through stormwater runoff.
Check out our new facebook page (Dec 2011)
Please explore this website to learn more about all that we do. Check us out. Get involved. Make a difference.