About Us

unnamed-2South Sound Estuary Association (SSEA) was founded 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 South Sound Estuary Association (SSEA) was granted federal 501 (c) (3) status and has been registered since 2007 as a non-profit corporation with Washington Secretary of State. SSEA is also registered as a Washington state charity.

Mission Statement:onthewater2016

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.

Vision Statement:

An educated community that is engaged and inspired to promote the ongoing health, conservation, and restoration of south Puget Sound.

Our Motto

Explore • Connect • Inspire!

Our Programs:

    • The South Sound Estuarium – which is a marine life discovery center, with saltwater aquariums, interactive learning, and rotating exhibits
    • Meet the Beach – which is an on the beach interpretation by community volunteers showcasing intertidal life, offered at local beaches during summer low tides
    • Pier Peer – which is an exciting event at Boston Harbor Marina, featuring night time underwater viewing of marine life
    • K-12 Education – which 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 – which 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 – which includes educational booths and presentations at local events, festivals/fairs, and service groups/clubs

Core Values:

      • 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.