||March 15, 2013
Washington State University Kitsap County Extension
Phone: (360) 337-7224
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
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:
http://county.wsu.edu/kitsap/Documents/2013 Beach Naturalists
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