Fish February

Come down to the Estuarium this month for Fish February!

Hidden in the river hanging from the ceiling of the Puget Sound Estuarium you can find an installation of fifteen ceramic salmon. The installation presents five salmon species of the Pacific Northwest: Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pinky, and Sockeye. Each species contains three salmon at different stages of their life cycle: one ocean stage and female and male upriver stages. The artist, Maddie Bell, is a current Evergreen student interested in the use of art as an entryway into scientific exploration. Included in the show is a summary of the environmental research that informed the project. The show will be up until the end of February.

We are also lucky this month to have the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group (SPSSEG)’s Stream Table on loan. Come down and make your own stream by moving around barriers, sand, logs, and vegetation. This interactive activity teaches kids and adults alike about bank erosion and the obstacles salmon deal with swimming upstream.

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New Staff Positions

We have several new staff positions to fill. LAST DAY TO APPLY IS FEB 9th!

  • Education Coordinator (20 hours/week) – Curriculum Development, Field Trips, and Education Events. Click HERE for the job description.
  • Programs and Volunteer Coordinator (20 hours/week) – Coordinate Volunteers, Meet the Beach, Discovery Speaker Series, and Pier Peer. Click HERE for the job description.
  • Outreach Coordinator (20 hours/week) – Graphics, Marketing, Estuarium Events, Outreach Events, and Gift Shop. Click HERE for the job description.

Please email Sasha(at) your cover letter, resume, and any other relevant application materials.

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January Jellyfish

Come down to the Estuarium this month for January Jellyfish!

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From November 21 through December 13, the Estuarium is joining more than 40 nonprofits in raising money to help make the South Puget Sound a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

Your gift will help us foster appreciation of our incredible estuary and marine resources in the Puget Sound. Visit today, and make a donation that will be matched!

Our Give Local campaign is raising money for our amazing Estuarium facility, where more than 3,000 community members visit each year. Our facility features an astonishing diversity of live animals from intertidal environments in Puget Sound. The public can view live sea stars, crabs, sea cucumbers, chitons, fish, and much more in our saltwater tanks. We teach visitors how to identify animals, provide information about their adaptations, and inspire individuals to look for these creatures on our local beaches.

Your support is also needed to ensure we can continue to offer the Estuarium as a location for our K-12 field trips during which our educators provide lesson plans and activities that are aligned with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) standards. Your donation will allow us to focus on providing field trip opportunities especially to underprivileged, challenged, and English as a Second Language (ESL) children.

Thank you so much for your support and generosity!

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November 17th, 7 pm Author Lou McKee at the Estuarium

Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month? Here at the Estuarium, we value writers and literacy so much that we have not just one, but two libraries in our building! Many of you have now seen our new-and-improved children’s library, but have you ever checked out the David Jamison Memorial Reading Area in our back room? On the shelves you will find textbooks, field guides, travel essays, photo collections, and a healthy selection of historically important marine biology authors who have changed the world through their writing.
On November 15th at 7:00 PM the Estuarium is very excited to be hosting Lou McKee, author of the charming and beautifully illustrated Klee Wyck Journal: the Making of a Wilderness Retreat. Lou will be delivering a fun, engaging presentation and will have signed copies of the journal available for purchase after the event. Join us for this rare opportunity to meet such a talented local naturalist and writer.
The Estuarium provides excellent educational opportunities for all ages! If you would like to schedule a special visit to the Estuarium, please contact Taisha, Estuarium Manager at
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November 16th Discovery Speaker Series- Local Solutions to Stormwater Runoff

November 16: 7:00 – 8:30 PM, LOTT WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia.  Doors open at 6:30.

“Stormwater: Our Local Solutions” with presenters: Amy Georgeson, Tumwater Water Resources Specialist; Joe Roush, Olympia Environmental Services Supervisor; and Doug Christianson, Lacey Water Resources Engineer.

Refreshments provided by Washington Foundation for the Environment.

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