During summer, you can visit Puget Sound beaches during low tide and learn about the marine plants and animals. Biologists and volunteer guides will be on hand from the Seattle Aquarium and Harbor Wild Watch. Reservations are not needed. Just check the lists below and show up during low tide.
Each year, dozens of volunteers are trained to help others learn about and enjoy area beaches. They can help you enjoy the beach without harming it. They can tell you what sea stars eat, why barnacles stand on their heads, and how moon snails lay their eggs. If you want to become volunteer, find out more about Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalists and Harbor WildWatch volunteers.
2020 Puget Sound beach walks
- The 2020 guided beach walks are currently on hold.
Our local beaches are a local treasure and a wonderful resource for all. If you choose to explore the beach on your own or with members of your household, help keep our beaches healthy for everyone by following these tips:
- Practice social distancing: stay safe while on the beach.
- Explore gently: low tide is stressful for many creatures.
- Leave things where they are: shells and rocks are homes.
- Avoid stepping on eelgrass: it’s a fragile nursery with life literally beneath your feet.
Learn about our nearshore neighbors! Check out our Puget Sound Beach Field Guide.
Ask a beach naturalist! Need help identifying something? Take a photo and email to us at email@example.com. A beach naturalist will respond to you as soon as possible.