Invertebrate Insanity

Discover the cool and creepy crawlers lurking in the Puget Sound during the Estuarium’s Invertebrate Insanity event! We’ll be exploring all kinds of animals that squirm in the mud and scurry on the sand, from soft-bodied saltwater worms and slugs to crunchy critters like crabs, clams, and shrimp.

Join us on October 26th and November 16th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM at the Estuarium to watch our trained staff dissect and explain what goes inside these awesome creatures. How do they move and eat? Do they see or hear? Learn how important benthic invertebrates are to our food chain, the names of our common Puget Sound invertebrates, and discover all the fascinating, familiar, and alien-like creatures living right here in the Puget Sound!

Free Admission Dissections Dates:

  • Saturday, October 26th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 16th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
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Annual Benefit Cruise: Early Bird Specials End Soon!

The Estuarium’s annual Benefit Cruise is less than 2 weeks away! Join us aboard My Girl for a day on the sound celebrating our unique and beautiful estuary ecosystem. Expand your knowledge of Puget Sound’s majestic marine mammals with guest speaker Casey Mclean, Executive Director of SR3 (Sealife Response, Rehabilitation and Research), and Veterinary Nurse.

Complete with delicious food and a no host bar, you won’t want to miss this cherished annual event. Mix and mingle with old and new friends while sharing your love for the Puget Sound this September. There’s no better way to soak up the last of summer than with good food, great company, and amazing estuary centered education.

Ticket Details:
Be sure to take advantage of our early bird specials but purchasing your cruise ticket before September 8th!


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Estuarium seeks applicants – Executive Director (Part-time)

Sasha Medlen has resigned as the Estuarium’s Executive Director.  She served in that position for three years.  She has accepted a position as a grant writer with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.  We are grateful for the many skills she shared that strengthen the work of the Estuarium.

Puget Sound Estuarium’s Mission: 
The Puget Sound Estuarium connects people of all ages with Puget Sound’s estuary environment. We inspire our community to learn about estuarine and marine animals, shores and waters through outdoor exploration, educational programming, and our interpretive facility in Downtown Olympia.
Executive Director: The Executive Director is the internal leader and external voice of the Estuarium. The position works with the Board of Director on strategic planning and is responsible for implementing the Estuarium’s goals and programming. The Executive Director forges partnerships, promotes the Estuarium and seeks opportunities for collaboration throughout the community. The position currently oversees four part-time employees who coordinate education programs, outreach, volunteers, and our interpretive facility. The Executive Director also arranges contract staffing as needed for events, education and facility maintenance. The Executive Director drafts an annual budget, reviews funding needs, and works with the Board and volunteer teams on education, outreach, fundraising, grants and
The Estuarium looks for a leader who will connect with local partners, expand relationships with sponsors and donors, and work with the Board of Directors to implement our mission and expand our long-term vision. This position does not require a marine sciences background.

Executive Director Position Description

TO APPLY: Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume, via e-mail, to by September 9, 2019. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.  All candidates will receive a response.

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Annual Benefit Cruise

Tickets are on sale now for the Estuarium’s Annual Benefit Cruise. Join us aboard My Girl for a day full of estuary celebration as we cruise the Sound. We are glad to have Casey Mclean, Executive Director of SR3 (Sealife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research), and Veterinary Nurse, joining us this year for an engaging talk on marine mammal welfare here in the Puget Sound.  Complete with a no host bar, door prizes, delicious food, and great company, you won’t want to miss this.

To learn more about the Estuarium’s 2019 Benefit Cruise click HERE, and be sure to purchase your tickets before September 8th to take advantage of our early bird discounts.


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