Local Activities

It is with an abundance of caution that Washington Sea Grant has canceled certain upcoming events in order to comply with the Governor’s order of “Stay Home/Stay Healthy” and to avoid risking anyone’s health and wellness given the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in our state.

Beach Walks

Jeff Adams, Marine Ecologist and Teri King, Marine Water Quality Specialist

Daytime and evening guided tours throughout the year with WSG specialists provide opportunities to enrich your shoreline experience and learn about Salish Sea oceanography, marine invertebrates, plants, seaweeds, and conservation.

For schedules or to arrange a special session contact Teri King  at wsgcanal@uw.edu or Jeff Adams at jaws@uw.edu.

Fairs and Festivals

Throughout the summer WSG staff participate in a variety of marine themed fairs and festivals around Washington. The Bellingham SeaFeast, The Northwest Wooden Boat Festival and the annual Hama Hama Oyster Rama festival are just a few of the events where Washington Sea Grant staff have a booth with marine-related educational materials to share.

For a current schedule of events go to the Events Calendar and search by month.


Kitsap Water Festival

Jeff Adams, Marine Ecologist

The Kitsap Waters Festival is an annual event in mid-spring that brings together educators on the Kitsap Peninsula and beyond.  Nearly 1,000 Kitsap fourth graders, their teachers, and parents learn about a wide variety of water-related topics.

WSG has supported the Kitsap Water Festival as a sponsor and by providing activities and presenters since the Festival’s inception. To learn more contact Jeff Adams at jaws@uw.edu.

River and Ocean Film Festival

Ian Miller, Coastal Hazards Specialist, Olympic Peninsula

The River and Ocean Film Festival is presented each year by Washington Sea Grant and partners and offers film explorations of our regional rivers and oceans. The films highlight the beauty and opportunity of this region and the issues facing its marine and freshwater habitats.The event is typically held at Washington at the Rainforest Arts Center in Forks.

If you miss the festival, you can visit our archive and select those films that are online. For more information, see the River and Ocean Film Festival webpage.


Whatcom Water Weeks

Whatcom Water Weeks is a two week-long event for all ages each fall that celebrates north Puget Sound water resources. Businesses, non-profit organizations, and community groups come together to celebrate the importance of water, share information about the state of the resource. The program offers stewardship opportunities and expands awareness and appreciation of our marine and fresh water resources, and the role water plays in our lives. Whatcom Water Weeks is organized by the Whatcom Watershed Information Network (WWIN) and supported by WSG as a sponsor and presenter.