Immerse yourself in Puget Sound

Join the WSU Beach Watchers
Mar 13, 2013
Courtesy of: Chrys Bertolotto Beach Watcher Cindy Ridgeway explains sea creatures to a little boy at Kayak Point.

Do you love to spend time at the beach? Want to craft your own volunteer experience?

If you love Snohomish County’s beaches and are interested in protecting the waters and wildlife of Puget Sound, now’s the time to apply to become a WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watcher.

The opportunity to get involved is launching with the Beach Watcher’s annual 100-hour training session in April.

Beach Watchers are university-trained volunteers dedicated to protecting Puget Sound’s fragile coastal environment through education, research and restoration.

All Beach Watchers receive a university caliber 100-hour training. It includes expert presentations, field trips and hands-on practice.

In return for the 100 hours of training, WSU Beach Watchers continue learning while volunteering at least 100 hours over two years on a number of self-crafted Puget Sound projects.

Projects range from doing low-tide education at beaches to water quality monitoring to working on teams to plan events – or you can bring your own ideas!

Some of the topics that are covered in the training: coastal processes, water quality, public education, marine organism identification, science monitoring and forest health.

The annual WSU Beach Watcher training session is scheduled for April 2-26 AND Oct. 1-29, Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The program is based out of McCollum Park, 600 128th St. S.E., Everett.

There is a materials fee of $35 and an application process. Fee waivers are available. Applications are due on March 12.

For more information or to request an application, contact Chrys Bertolotto at chrys@wsu.edu or 425-357-6020, or go online to www.beachwatchers.wsu.edu/Snohomish.

Over the past seven years, 125 Beach Watchers have contributed over 30,000 volunteer hours protecting Puget Sound through research, education and stewardship projects.

The program membership extends from Shoreline/North Seattle to Stanwood, to Mukilteo, to Darrington.

Beach Watchers do not need to live near the water to be involved.

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