We are very excited to announce our 2018 Meet the Beach volunteer program! If you are interested in volunteering for Meet the Beach, or you are a returning Beach Naturalist, please take a moment to read this important announcement and click on our flyer for more information.
Meet the Beach is on of our most exciting programs! On low-tide days during the summer, our trained volunteers help the public and K-12 groups explore the beach, find estuary creatures, learn about their adaptations, and better understand the importance of estuary habitats.
We provide free training to our Meet the Beach volunteers, or Beach Naturalists. The training is known for its expert instruction and fascinating content. No existing knowledge or experience is required. Our primary training objective is to increase volunteers’ knowledge of estuary biology and habitats and the impacts of human interaction. During the training, we will focus on the habitats at local beaches and on marine-life anatomy, survival behaviors, feeding, predation, and life cycles.
The following training sessions are required for all new volunteers or Beach Naturalists. Classroom and beach dates for the 2018 Meet the Beach volunteer training are:
- Wednesday, April 4, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Estuarium (Required for new volunteers)
- Thursday, April 12, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
- Thursday, April 19, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
- Saturday, April 21, 4:00 – 6:00 PM at Burfoot Beach
- Thursday, May 3, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
- Thursday, May 10, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
- Saturday, May 19, 2:30 – 4:30 PM at Tolmie State Park
The Thursday evening classroom sessions will be held at:
Boston Harbor Firehouse
5046 Boston Harbor Road NE
Olympia, WA 98506
To apply to be a Beach Naturalist and schedule yourself for the training sessions, you must have a Volgistics account with us. You can create a Volgistics account by completing our Volunteer Application HERE.
It is important for new volunteers to attend all of the training sessions. We can make special arrangements for new volunteers who are keen to volunteer, but who will miss no more than two sessions. Please let us know if you are a new volunteer, and you plan to miss any of the training sessions. The Meet the Beach Orientation on April 4 is required for all new volunteers.
We ask that Beach Naturalists volunteer for at least four low-tide days each season. New volunteers must submit to a background check. If you choose to volunteer for the Meet the Beach program, we ask that you become or maintain your membership with the Estuarium. You can renew or establish your membership by visiting www.SSEAcenter.org/donate.
If you are a returning Beach Naturalist and already have a Volgistics account with us, you can schedule yourself for the training sessions HERE. Participation in these training courses are encouraged, but not required. Signing up for specific beach days will be available soon, and we will send out a notification when that becomes available. If your membership needs to be renewed, please visit www.SSEAcenter.org/donate.