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Date: March 15, 2013

Peg Tillery
Washington State University Kitsap County Extension
Phone: (360) 337-7224

No: 2013-023

Beach Naturalist Training Shows Kitsap Residents the Natural Wonders of Our Local Beaches

Sign Up Now for Spring Training

(Poulsbo, WA) Beach Naturalist volunteers explore our beaches and learn about marine life and local water issues. They receive extensive in-class and on the beach training and, in return, give back to the community through a variety of volunteer projects. This year’s training begins on March 28.

During training, volunteers learn about sea creatures such as clams, crabs, seaweed, salmon and invertebrates. They also learn about nearshore habitats and how to protect them. The training includes outdoor field trips to Manchester State Park, Bainbridge Ferry pier, Silverdale Waterfront Park, Foulweather Bluff Nature Preserve, Scenic Beach State Park, and Kitsap Memorial State Park.

After the training, Beach Naturalists can choose among a variety of volunteer projects, including participating in and conducting beach explorations and providing information to the community at local fairs and events. They commit to at least 25 volunteer hours during the year.

“Every year, our volunteers give back more than 6,000 hours of service in Kitsap County. They really make a difference in protecting Puget Sound through education, research and stewardship,” says Peg Tillery, the Beach Naturalist program educator with Washington State University Kitsap County Extension.

Adults and teens are welcome to attend the Beach Naturalist. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Classes will be held at Thursday evenings March 28 through April 25 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Poulsbo Marine Science Center. Cost for 6 weeks is $60. Scholarships are available.

For more information or to register, visit: Beach Naturalists Registration.pdf

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.


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