Washington State University Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers
The Snohomish County MRC supports the WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers program through grants to facilitate training and volunteer education opportunities.
The Beach Watchers program recruits and trains individuals to provide at least 100 hours of volunteer service over two years acting as educators, researchers and project leaders on behalf of Puget Sound protection. There are over 80 Beach Watcher volunteers in Snohomish County. Following their mission, “WSU Beach Watchers are dedicated to protecting our waters through research, education and stewardship.”
Beach Watchers are active in education programs, research and monitoring projects, and stewardship programs. The WSU Snohomish County Beach Watchers and the MRC often partner on projects which need additional volunteer support. These volunteers engage crabbers through the Recreational Crabber Education program, assist with data collection for forage fish spawning surveys and Mussel Watch, support outreach at Beach Expos, and have conducted Kayak Point Park pre-restoration monitoring.