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ORGANIZATION: Puget Sound Estuarium


Every summer we send trained Beach Naturalist volunteers out to the local beaches during low tide to help beach goers explore and connect with their local estuary environment. Beach Naturalists show visitors the difference between live and dead sand dollars, crab molts vs deceased crabs, moon snail egg cases, and how much life can be found at the shore. Beach Naturalists also teach beach etiquette to make sure the animals we find under rocks stay under the rock, and those animals we pick up go back where they were found. This free program allows our community to get outside and learn more about the South Puget Sound.

Beach Naturalist training starts in March and goes through May. We meet every other week to discuss and learn about estuaries, animals, and plants in South Puget Sound. We also have hands on training at each of the beaches we will visit during the summer. Meet the Beach starts in June and goes through August. Those who want to help with Meet the Beach must attend the trainings and those who do attend the trainings must sign up for beach shifts during the summer.

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About Puget Sound Estuarium


309 State Ave. NE, Olympia, WA 98501, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to foster learning opportunities that explore, inspire, and connect people with our local beautiful estuary, Puget Sound.


Puget Sound Estuarium was founded in 2007 as a result of community interest in creating opportunities for the public to learn about estuaries, geology, natural and cultural history, marine life, and human impact one of the largest estuaries in the United States, Puget Sound. The Estuarium offers fun programs both indoors and outdoors for all ages. Volunteering with us will give you access to learn more about the history, biology, and ecology of Puget Sound while helping to inspire other's in the community.


Animals, Community, Environment


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Multiple locations Olympia, WA 98501



  • Math / Science Instruction
  • Environmental Education
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Community Outreach
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • STEM


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-3 hours (In Person Lectures/Beach Visit) every other week for Beach Naturalist training, March-May. 3 hours once a month for Meet the Beach, June-August.
  • Must attend new Volunteer Orientation. To help with Meet the Beach must attend the Beach Naturalist trainings and those who attend the trainings must sign up for 3 beach shifts during the summer.

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