The Puget Sound Estuarium was founded by the South Sound Estuary Association (SSEA) in 2007 as a result of community interest in creating opportunities for the public to learn about estuaries, geology, natural and cultural history, marine life, and human impact on the Puget Sound (largest estuary in the United States by volume and second largest by shoreline).
In 2010, we were granted federal 501 (c) (3) status and has been registered since 2007 as a non-profit corporation with Washington Secretary of State. South Sound Estuary Association (SSEA) DBA Puget Sound Estuarium is also registered as a Washington state charity.
Our mission is to foster learning opportunities that inspire people of all ages to connect with, protect, and enjoy the unique estuary environment of south Puget Sound.
An educated community that is engaged and inspired to promote the ongoing health, conservation, and restoration of south Puget Sound.
Explore • Connect • Inspire!
- The Puget Sound Estuarium – a marine life discovery center, with saltwater aquariums, interactive learning, and rotating exhibits
- Meet the Beach – an on the beach interpretation by community volunteers showcasing intertidal life, offered at local beaches during summer low tides
- Pier Peer – an exciting event at Boston Harbor Marina, featuring night time underwater viewing of marine life
- K-12 Education – incorporates Meet the Beach, Estuarium, On the Water, as well as Estuary Life and Landforms components to connect our youth with Puget Sound, marine environments, and estuaries
- The Discovery Speaker Series – occurs during the Fall/Winter at LOTT’s WET Science Center and presents marine science experts speaking about a variety of issues
- Connecting the Community – includes educational booths and presentations at local events, festivals/fairs, and service groups/clubs
- Provide high quality educational opportunities
- Provide an exceptional interpretive center in Olympia, WA
- Respect, protect, and help conserve the environment
- Provide educational content that focuses on the challenges and successes in the restoration and protection of the Puget Sound
- Enhance access and knowledge of partnering organizations and the programs and services they provide
- Engage and inspire community through interactive education
- Facilitate opportunities for direct involvement