Community science at Puget Sound beaches

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Sandra Porter

We always see interesting creatures whenever we walk on the beach. Now, a new program from the University of Washington and the state department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking to enlist beach walkers in a community science project where they can help monitor biodiversity.


The program is called NatureMapping and it's mission is to enlist the community and schools in monitoring the health of our beaches and contributing data to a state-managed biodiversity database. If you can get to a beach, you can help survey invertebrate species and intertidal marine fish.

Two free facilitator trainings will be held this fall:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at the Seattle Aquarium, from 8:30 am- 4:45 pm.


Tuesday, November 10th, 2009, at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA.

If you're a K-12 teacher you can even get Clock hours.

If you want to attend, RSVP to Tacoma Nature Center 253-591-6439 or e-mail

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