Meet the Beach 2018 Training

Join us this year for epic beach adventures!

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

New Volunteers

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

Returning Volunteers

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

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March 14th Pier Peer

Been wanting to attend a Pier Peer event?  Registration is now open for the March 14th, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 pm Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina. Click here to register.



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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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