About Meet the Beach


So many amazing creatures live in South Puget Sound and can be found on our local beaches. The Estuarium’s Meet the Beach program sends our trained Beach Naturalist volunteers out during summer low-tides to help our community discovery intertidal life! Find our dedicated team of Beach Naturalists sporting green vests and hats as they wade through the low-tide to explore estuary plants and animals. Our Beach Naturalists will help you dig in the mud and turn over rocks to find estuary creatures and answer all of your questions about Puget Sound’s intertidal marine life.

For more questions about Meet the Beach, please contact our Program Coordinator.

2020 Meet the Beach Schedule

We explore the beaches with visitors of all ages to explore the rich biodiversity living on our local beaches. Here are just a few of our favorite Meet the Beach moments:

  • Showing flounders to fly fishermen (one caught a sea run cutthroat and released it)
  • Spotting everything from bright green amphipods to bald eagles
  • Seeing a heart cockle stick its foot out & try to dig inside a plastic Tupperware
  • Viewing charismatic moon snails and their “collars”
  • Witnessing a wrestling match between two hairy shore crabs that lasted for over an hour!


“My Favorite part was learning about all the unseen life around us. Loved learning about the intricacy of barnacles.”

“I loved how excited my kids (4 & 7) were. I have never seen my 4-year-old so excited. This was fantastic. Thank you!  Especially to Paula for her patience & enthusiasm.”

“Hearing an 8-year-old saying, ‘and I thought it would be boring here.

“A very young girl so excited about finding a goddess worm and a tiny girl finding tiny pink Baltic clams...Every day on the beach brings in many more wonderful moments and stories like these.”

Need help identifying an estuary creature? Ask the Estuarium!