Meet the Beach Training

Wendy EklundMeet the Beach is a hands on opportunity to work with beach goers who visit our local beaches. Volunteers in this program work to create a greater understanding of the Puget Sound, a large estuary (place where fresh and salt water meet). It is offered to the general public and K-12 groups at local beaches, such as Burfoot Park, Tolmie State Park, Priest Point, Frye Cove, and West Bay during low tides.

Volunteers learn about the amazing diversity of creatures who live there and talk with people about how everyday choices can have a positive impact on our water quality. They answer people’s “what is that?” questions, get kids engaged looking for the creatures that live in the intertidal zone, increase awareness about what it takes to survive here and beach behavior (creatures home and leave living things at the beach, be gentle, touch with a set finger), and share ideas about what we can do to protect our waters and the creatures that depend upon its health.

For more information, please email MeetTheBeach(at)

Do you love the beach as much as us? We have officially launched our Meet the Beach season in 2017! Our 2017 Meet the Beach Volunteer Training begins April 13th and runs through May 13th. We will teach you everything you need to know. No existing knowledge or experience required.

The training is led by professional scientists and experts. The course is free for new and returning volunteers. As part of this program, new volunteers are required to attend our 18-hour training and submit a background check. We request that you volunteer for a total of 15 hours during the season and also become an Estuarium member.

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
  • Saturday, April 30, 12:30 PM- 3:30 PM
  • 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

You can apply to be a volunteer for the Meet the Beach Program by clicking HERE.

If you are already a Meet the Beach Volunteer/Beach Naturalist, please sign up for the training through Volgistics by clicking HERE.

For more information, see our website ( or contact Susan Shelton at MeetTheBeach(at)

Benefits of becoming a trained Meet the Beach volunteer:0501141321b

  • Improved knowledge of Puget Sound intertidal flora and fauna species
  • Training provided by some of the leading experts in the field
  • Improved skills in interpretation for public audiences
  • Interactions with people appreciative of your knowledge of intertidal life
  • Marketable job experience for resumes
  • Valuable professional networking with partnering organizations
  • Oh and don’t forget it’s FUN!


Puget Sound's Wildside, BN textPuget Sound’s Wildside is an original Harbor WildWatch publication that introduces readers to the local marine environment. This book provides an excellent introduction to local marine life and has been used frequently as a text book for high school and community college marine and environmental science courses.