Do you love to spend time on the beach?
Want to craft your own volunteer experience?
Interested in protecting the waters & wildlife of Puget Sound?
Then become a WSU Beach Watcher!
All WSU Beach Watchers receive university-caliber training. This 100-hour WSU Beach Watcher Training Program 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!
Beach Watchers receive 80 hours of training in a core session and then 20 hours of continuing education throughout the year. While the classroom is based out of Everett, we travel throughout the county to visit the amazing places at our feet. The training takes place on Fridays from 9 AM - 3:30 PM in the spring AND fall. Yes, there are two seperate training segments for the full Beach Watcher training program, so you should plan to attend both the spring and fall series.
In return, Beach Watchers continue learning while volunteering at least 100 hours over two years as citizen scientists, educators, restorationists and project planners. With the split schedule for the training, the Class of 2016 can start volunteering even before the training is over in the fall! A few examples of WSU Beach Watchers projects are designing and launching a crab harvester education program, doing interpretation at public parks, monitoring beach elevation, substrate and vegetation coverage, collecting water quality samples, plan an annual education event and educating shoreline landowners.
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.
Class size is limited so there is an application process. The 2016 training dates are being determined, but if you are interested in knowing when the training will be available and receive an application, contact the Snohomish County WSU Beach Watcher Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (425) 357-6020 for more information. There is a $35 materials fee with waivers available upon request. To request a hard copy application via mail or to get on the notification list for Beach Watcher or Beach Nautralist events, just contact the Snohomish County WSU Beach Watcher Coordinator.