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2019 Beach Naturalist Training

The Estuarium’s 2019 Meet the Beach program is drawing near, and we are eager to recruit new Beach Naturalists! Starting in early April, join us at the Estuarium in downtown Olympia for marine resource training, lead by amazing local experts. Our free training helps beachgoers in the Puget Sound identify the plants and animals in our extraordinary and unique estuaries. Get your hands dirty on the beach, turning over rocks and wading through low tide as you share your passion for the Puget Sound exploring intertidal life!

To become an Estuarium Beach Naturalist, please visit to submit a volunteer form and background check. All aspiring Beach Naturalists must attend one General Orientation in addition to three Beach Naturalist training sessions (two held at the Estuarium, and one on the beach). All training is free and requires no previous knowledge about the Puget Sound or marine biology.

General Orientation

Wednesday, April 10, 6:00–7:00 PM, Estuarium (Required for new volunteers

Beach Naturalist Training Schedule

Wednesday, April 10, 7:00–8:00 PM, Estuarium (Required for new volunteers)

Wednesday, April 10, 8:00–9:00 PM, Estuarium

Saturday, April 27, 1:00–3:00 PM, Burfoot Park

Thursday, May 2, 6:00–9:00 PM, Estuarium

Wednesday, May 8, 6:00–9:00 PM, Estuarium

Saturday, May 18, 11:00–1:00 PM, Tolmie State Park

The Puget Sound Estuarium’s mission is to foster learning opportunities that inspire people of all ages to connect with, protect, and enjoy the unique estuary environment of South Puget Sound. Our motto is to “Explore · Connect · Inspire!” Our programs include: Estuarium, Meet the Beach, K-12 Education, Pier Peer, and Connecting the Community. We create opportunities for the public to learn about estuaries, geology, natural and cultural history, marine life, and human impact on the Puget Sound.

For more information: Elisa McGee (360)292-2988


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