Beach Heroes

Registration is full for the 2019 Beach Heroes Season.

This field season filled up faster than we could have ever imagined! To be put on wait list to be contacted as field study days open up, please email ESC’s Program Manager Joanna Stodden.  Thank you for your interest in getting your students to the beach!  We are looking into opportunities to serve more classes in the future.

Season: March – June

The Beach Heroes program introduces students to the local Puget Sound beach habitat and the organisms that live there. 

 Classroom Visit & Field Study

During the 1-hour classroom visit, students will be taught proper beach etiquette and stewardship while learning about adaptations of the marine invertebrates residing in Puget Sound.  In this NGSS-correlated lesson, students will create field guides they will use during the 2-hour field study.

The 2-hour field study features both naturalist-led beach exploration and structured activities.  Students will learn all about the largest nearshore restoration project in Puget Sound at Seahurst Beach!

Cost: $150 per class (30 students or fewer). Includes the 1-hour classroom session with a naturalist at your school, and the 2-hour beach field study at Seahurst Beach with two naturalists. **Program subsidies & bus reimbursements are available for schools that have 50% or more students on a free or reduced lunch program.

students at forage fish station

  • All groups with 50-80% Free or Reduced Lunch Rate will attend Beach Heroes at a rate of $50 per class.
  • Schools with 80% or greater Free or Reduced Lunch Rate will attend Beach Heroes at no cost.

Partial transportation reimbursements are available for schools with >50% Free and Reduced Lunch Rate.  Thanks to generous funding from the King County Flood Control District, ESC can reimburse more transportation costs in 2016!

  • Groups registering 1-2 classes will receive reimbursement for the cost of one bus or maximum $150.
  • Groups registering 3-4 classes will receive reimbursement for the cost of two buses or maximum $300.

Schools must make all of the transportation arrangements.  After the field trip, please send a copy of the bus invoice to the email below for partial reimbursement.

After participating in ESC’s Beach Heroes 2016 program, students pledged to adopt three behaviors to protect, to conserve, and to educate others about our oceans and marine debris.  To honor these students’ commitment to environmental stewardship, they received an Official Beach Hero identification card.

These classes became Beach Heroes in 2017:

BH class list 3

These classes became Beach Heroes in 2016:

2016.8. Beach Heroes website list

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