I wanted to share about a volunteer program my oldest and I are participating in this year. It is through the Seattle Aquarium. The Beach Naturalist Program is an educational experience for the volunteers and the public. We spend a few nights the first few months attending presentations and beach training. Starting in June, we will be out on the beach finding opportunities to engage in conversation with beach goers. The goal is to educate others about beach etiquette and to get them interested in the ecosystems that are being restored in our area.
Not only is this a fun volunteer opportunity, it’s also a way to get your science in. The training nights are presentations put on by experts in different areas of biology and ecology. My daughter and I have both gotten a lot out of this experience.
Visit the Seattle Aquarium webpage to find out how you can be involved in this program, or to meet some volunteers and ask questions about what you can find on the beach.