Group seeks volunteers for beach naturalist program

Staff reportMarch 2, 2014 

Education People interested in becoming a volunteer beach naturalist with the South Sound Estuary Association can take part in training beginning next month.

The association’s Meet Us on the Beach program will be in its fourth year. Volunteers are needed to be at the beach during weekend low tides in June, July and August. The beach naturalists will help residents and visitors explore the intertidal zone at four South Sound beaches.

“Naturalists connect beach visitors with this amazing environment and help people learn how everyday choices can have a positive impact on the health of Puget Sound waters,” said acting executive director Diana Larsen-Mills.

“They learn about the amazing diversity of creatures who live there and talk with people about the importance of water quality,” she added.

Beach volunteers are asked to commit to 18 hours of training followed by a minimum of five three-hours shifts on the beach.

The training consists of four classroom and two on-the-beach sessions. Tentative dates for training are April 19 and 24, May 1, 8, 15, 17, 22 and 31. A final schedule will be released before the sessions begin. All the classroom sessions will be held at the Boston Harbor Fire Station.

The registration fee is $15 for members and $50 for new naturalists, and includes an association T-shirt and individual association membership.

Space in the training session is limited. Registration closes April 12.

If you have questions or to register, contact center@sseacenter.org. You also can get more details at sseacenter.wordpress.com.

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