Our programs have stopped, but your discoveries don’t have to! Explore the beach with some of our new tools!
Watch how toddlers and you can easily be beach STARS!
Step carefully: Be very cautious when walking on the beach so you don’t trip and fall, or step on animals, their homes, or eggs. Much life is at your feet, and the creatures, shells and even rocks are all important parts of the beach habitat.
Touch with two wet fingers: It is kind to give animals space and watch from a safe distance. Some animals and eggs are too sensitive for handling, but others can be touched gently. If you touch marine organisms, your skin has to be wet. Touching their wet bodies with a dry finger can be very harmful. Using two fingers limits poking with just one. Be extremely gentle with them all. Do not touch crabs bigger than your fist.
Animals stay where you find them: This is important for the safety of everyone. Bend over to look at animals instead of picking them up. Let others know of your discovery and ask them to join you. Marine animals evolved to live in different conditions, so moving small animals even small distances can mean life or death for them, and they may injure themselves trying to escape.
Remove only trash: The one thing we physically take from the beach: TRASH! Leave rocks and shells on the beach since they are current or potential homes for marine organisms and will also break down into sand. Keep all other natural items in their habitat.
Share what you learned! Share your observations, discoveries and ways we can take care of marine life! This helps others learn about these incredible creatures and systems and inspires them to protect marine ecosystems too!
When programs are back in action…
Have a little one? Register to join the fun!
Tide Pools for Tots is typically held in spring and summer to share stewardship tips with toddlers and caretakers through story, song, dance and gentle exploration at Seahurst Park in Burien, Washington.
Free, with required registration
On select low tide Wednesdays
-Programs open the week prior at 6 am and fill quickly. Walk-ups may be asked to explore the park instead
For ages 2-4, but friends & family welcome
-Please allow at least 10 minutes for the walk from the lower parking lot to our building. Directions
Hear a little story, do a little dance, and learn little ways to make a big difference for marine life before gently exploring the beach and some tide pools with your little ones. These fun programs are sponsored by the City of Burien to connect families with their watershed. Bring your boots and curiosity and leave with special memories and a sense of awe.
Remember to always:
S tep carefully
T ouch with two wet fingers
A nimals stay where they are
R emove only trash
S hare what you learned!
Register for some outdoor fun!
For more information contact Kharli at 206-248-4266 or Kharli@EnvironmentalScienceCenter.org