You are invited to the Estuarium’s Plankton Party!

Coming up, we have a very fun event at the Estuarium – it’s a Plankton Party on June 11th! Join us to watch plankton under a microscope as Mary Middleton from Pacific Shellfish Institute talks about plankton and how ocean acidification effects them. Carrie Ziegler will also review the plankton mural art project happening in July. So if you are interested in contributing to what’s going to be one of the coolest murals in Olympia, come down to our Plankton Party!

June 11th, 1-4 PM
Presenters start at 2 PM

Mary Middleton, Pacific Shellfish Institute
Carrie Ziegler, Artist

Puget Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501

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Meet the Beach volunteer training

Do you love the beach as much as we do and want to inspire the community about Puget Sound’s intertidal life and habitats? We are currently recruiting volunteers for our 2017 Meet the Beach program. Meet the Beach provides natural interpretation to the general public and to K-12 groups at local beaches during summer low tide days.

Starting in April, we will be providing six training sessions, free of charge. No existing knowledge or experience is required. We will teach volunteers everything they need to know. As part of this program, new volunteers will need to submit a background check. Volunteers are encouraged to contribute at least 15 hours of service during the season and become an Estuarium member.

The Meet the Beach volunteer training is led by professional scientists and experts.

The 2017 classroom and beach training dates are:

  • Thursday, April 13, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 20, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 30, 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM at Tolmie Beach
  • Thursday, May 4, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 11, 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 13, 12:30 PM- 3:30 PM at Burfoot Beach

Volunteers can apply for the Meet the Beach Program by filling out an online application at HERE or contacting Susan Shelton at For more information about Meet the Beach, visit


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SSEA Annual Meeting

When: April 11th, 6 – 8 PM

Where: Capitol Museum Coach House (Behind museum), 214 22nd Ave. SW, Olympia

What: The South Sound Estuary Association  invites all our members, volunteers and interested people to join us for our annual organizational celebration. We are pleased to have Scott join us with a talk on the Squaxin Island Tribes Environmental Programs and the effects of ocean acidification on salmon. All are welcome and this event is FREE!

  • Guest speaker – Scott Steltzner, Squaxin Island Tribe, Research Biologist
  • Organizational overview of past and upcoming year – Sasha Medlen, Executive Director
  • Introduction of current and new board members – Lynn Schneider, Board President

Plan to join us for snacks, beverages, conversation, and a celebration of the Estuarium and all of our accomplishments. Share the event with anyone you know who might want to know more about our organization and bring a friend!

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Songs for SSEA – Saturday, March 25th

When: March 25, 2017,  7 – 9:30 pm
Where: Olympia Elks Lodge, 1818 4th Ave E, Olympia WA
To Purchase Tickets: Click HERE $20/person, $15 for students

Enjoy a lively, uplifting evening, Saturday March 25th and support the Estuarium.  This is a family friendly event. Children who would enjoy an evening of music are welcome.

a1984297846_10Featuring music by PINNIPED, Lively Music from Ireland and elsewhere.  Trio members are: Erik Correia (guitar, voice), Sarah Kellington (fiddle, voice), and Bill Kellington (bodhran, guitar, voice).


0Ken Bevis, Storyteller/Musician/Scientist.  His songs are often about animals and nature. He loves to perform and share his love of nature. He has written a “Song for SSEA” that will be shared this evening.  He will be joined by Jeff Herzog on harmonica.

Dessert table and no host bar.

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March 16 – Derelict Fishing Gear Project @ LOTT

This Thursday, March 16th at 7pm – Please join us at LOTT for the Discovery Speaker Series. Jason Morgan, a Marine Biologist from the Northwest Straits Foundation will be speaking about their exciting derelict fishing gear project in the Puget Sound.

Check out this cool video about the project.

“As the non-profit partner in the Northwest Straits Initiative, we do this by removing lost and abandoned fishing gear that poses a hazard to people and marine wildlife, restoring local beaches and stabilizing bluffs, and increasing the capacity of local communities to protect marine resources.”

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Jonathan White – “Tides”

What: We are very fortunate to be hosting local author Jonathan White for the start of his newest book tour on February 15th at the Estuarium! The event starts at 7pm and is FREE. After Jonathan talks with us about Tides, he will have copies of the book available for purchase. Check out the video below to learn more!
Where: The Estuarium, 309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501
When: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 7:00PM

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