Welcome to WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers!

We are 104 volunteers dedicated to the protection of our local natural resources, especially focusing on Puget Sound. In ten years, we have volunteered over 54,000 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.


Snohomish County WSU Beach Watchers receive 80 hours of university-caliber training involving field trips and lectures from over 40 local experts on topics like salmon, water quality, ocean acidification, intertidal life history, coastal processes, native plants, youth education techniques, and so much more! Beach Watchers agree to volunteer at least 80 hours over two years. The training expands our minds and the volunteering expands our skills, our hearts and our connection to our community.

Beach Watchers 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.

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, the City of Mukilteo and the Tulalip Tribes. Please explore our website site further to learn about our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.



Only Rain Goes Down the Drain

Storm Drain Medallion Community Service Events

Remind others to keep pollution out of Puget Sound by placing medallions that read “No Dumping. Drains to Sound” in storm drains located in public areas of Mukilteo. We’ll provide storm drain marking kits with everything you need to install the medallions and a WSU Beach Watcher will provide instruction on how to place them properly and safely.

Reserve a storm drain marking kit this summer and place medallions in Mukilteo with your family or a group on a date that you can! To RSVP, reserve a storm drain marking kit, or for questions, please contact onlyrain.indrains@wsu.edu or (425) 357-6020.



Sound Living 2016

A One Day University 

Exploring the Connections between Water, Land and People

October 22, 2016, 9AM – 3 PM

Mukilteo Presbyterian Church, 4514 84th St SW, Mukilteo

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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 implications of weather and climate on organisms found from the Snow Caps of the Cascades and Olympic Mountains, to below the White Caps that dot the surface of the Salish Sea. Noted meteorologist Jeff Renner will open our day with an explanation of the links between atmospheric changes and the effects arising from them that impact our landscapes. Sound Living 2016 attendees will learn about the latest research and status of these habitats and creatures, and hear their outlook for tomorrow and beyond.

Registration is $20 per person. Lunch is available for purchase upon registration, or you can bring your own. For more information or to register, visit wsusoundliving.org/2016 or contact the Sound Living Planning Team at soundliving@wsu.edu or (425)-357-6029. Online registration closes on October 17, but walk-in registrations are still welcome.


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, watersheds and more! Because of limited space, there is an application process. To be placed in the mailing list for the 2017 applications, please contact Yolimar Rivera at yolimar.rivera@wsu.edu or call (425) 357-6029.




Want to learn more about Puget Sound and upcoming Beach Watcher events?

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Hope to see you out and about soon!

Last updated September 2016

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