The WSU Island County Beach Watchers Class of 2013 is 35 members strong. Training began with presentations and on-site beach discussions about coastal geology, watersheds and tide gates.
April classes focus on marine ecosystems and October classes focus on human interactions with those systems. Trainees complete 100 hours of training and volunteer back at least 100 hours in their first two years.
Click here for an overview of April's schedule.
Welcome to Island County Beach Watchers
Education, Research, Stewardship
We hope you share our passion for these beautiful islands and will join us to understand, value, and protect Island County's priceless marine environment.
We are proud of having founded the Beach Watcher's program in 1989. Since then more than 300 Island County volunteers have completed Beach Watcher training.
Every year we give back more than 18,000 hours of volunteer service - collecting data on marine plants and animals, measuring shore topography, evaluating water quality, talking with the public, conducting tours and classes, and doing hands-on work such as removing invasive weeds from fragile estuaries.
We continually work to improve, maintain and protect a thriving Puget Sound ecosystem through education, community outreach, stewardship, and research.
Our standards are high. Our programs are creative, educational and diverse, allowing every volunteer to find a perfect niche for their interests and talents.
We are administered by the Washington State University (WSU) Island County Extension Program and are headquartered at Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Fort Casey State Park, on Whidbey Island.
Sound Waters 2013
View keynote address by Dr. Cliff Mass
Want to learn more?
Check out our website
read the Beach Log Newsletter
come to Beach Watchers Advisory Council Meeting
Whidbey Earth and Ocean Month is April 2013!
WSU Island County Beach Watchers is proud to partner with environmental organizations across Whidbey Island to explore, learn about and celebrate the marine ecosystems of the Salish Sea.
Join the fun! Learn about the marine environment of Island County!
Get involved! Make a difference!