Summer 2022 Tide Pools for Tots is Open! Register to join the fun!
For ages 2-4, but friends & family welcome
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.
This program is free with required registration, for all adults and Tot explorers:
Please allow at least 10 minutes for the walk from the lower parking lot to our building. Directions
What to know before joining us:
Programs will be held outside, partially on the beach. Dress for the weather and be prepared to get wet. For the safety of guests and staff, all instructors are vaccinated against COVID-19. Guests over the age of 5 are STRONGLY encouraged to wear masks- but we are not requiring it at this time. We ask that you respect each other’s choices and safety measures with compassion and understanding.
For more information contact Katy at Katy@EnvironmentalScienceCenter.org
How To Be A Beach STAR!
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!
Tide Pools for Tots Resources
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!