Marine Education K-12

Edmonds Discovery Programs
A Leader in Conservation Education since 1980

Spring Beach Ranger Program for Schools

Our 2020-2021 K-6 programs are currently being revised to an online format. Program updates will be posted here.


The two-part Beach Ranger marine education program is our most widely known and visible program.During our marine education program, our Ranger Naturalists will share with your students the many treasures of the marine environment and the natural processes that shape them. The Beach Ranger school program consists of two parts - 1) a one hour classroom visit by a Ranger Naturalist followed by 2) a guided beach walk on one of the City of Edmonds’ beaches during a low tide in April, May or June. Due to the popularity of the Beach Ranger Program, we no longer accept reservations for classes who do not participate in the classroom portion of the program.

We adapt our programs for each age group. Classroom visits for younger students include age appropriate activities designed to introduce children to sea life and beach etiquette, such as stories, songs, puppets and feltboards. Presentations for older students focus on Puget Sound habitats, the organisms that populate them, their adaptations and interactions, and human impacts on the marine environment. Each classroom visit includes hands-on time with shells and other marine specimens.


barb6 ssf2015 copyPart 1: Marine Education in the Classroom
During the first part, a Ranger-Naturalist's one hour classroom visit provides a fun, age-appropriate introduction to the exciting world of marine biology. Our program focuses on K-6th grade although programs for 7-12th grade can be booked upon request. Depending on the age group, classroom activities may include puppets or felt board sea creatures for the younger students, or Power Point program and role plays for the older kids. All age groups enjoy examining the shells and other "treasures" to be found in the Ranger's specimen box.

Part 2: Meet our Tide Pool Family!      
During the second part, students visit an Edmonds Beach for a guided low-tide beach walk with a Ranger-Naturalist. This hands-on experience exposes each student to a wide variety of marine life, as well as beach etiquette.  From Moon Snails to seastars, and crabs to seaweed, this program will be one children will remember for years to come.Our marine education program is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, and supports the understanding of the concepts and principles of interconnected systems. Through this program students will also observe life processes and cycles such as the food web in the marine environment. Perhaps most important, they will learn about the interdependence of life and how organisms interact with their environment and each other.  Click here for more important information on planning your Beach Ranger Program.

april bw2014Registration for spring Beach Ranger Programs begins in October. Early registration is encouraged, as there are a limited number of prime low-tide dates and they book up fast. To get on the mailing list, contact the program coordinator at the phone number below. Registration packet will be available for download in late October.

Visit the Download Information page for some free educational materials to use in the classroom or at the beach.


Come read along with Penny's adventures in Puget Sound in this reading primer for 1st through 3rd grade. In the story follow Penny as she learns about the tides and proper beach etiquette.

Questions? Contact the Program Coordinator at 425.771.0227 or