WELCOME Elizabeth “Betsea” Antonio, Estuarium Marine Educator


South Sound Estuary Association welcomes Elizabeth “BetSea” Antonio to the South Sound Estuarium staff!   2010 Graduate of The Evergreen State College, former Program Coordinator Relief, Shipboard Educator and Deckhand of the Schooner Adventuress and former lead teacher at Mariah Art School in Olympia, BetSea brings a variety of knowledge and enthusiasm for marine and estuary focused environmental education to the Estuarium.  She loves to work with people of all ages that are excited to learn more about our marine and estuary environments. Ask her about plankton or how to tie a bowline, she’d be happy to share with you!
Meet BetSea at the South Sound Estuarium, 608 Washington St. NE, Olympia, during open hours, 10 am – 3 pm weekends.  She is also available for weekday tours of the Estuarium.  Tours for groups up to 20 can be scheduled by contacting nate@sseacenter.org. Fee $50 for private tour.  Group presentations outside the Estuarium are available as well for a $50 fee.
More about South Sound Estuary Association and its other program go to sseacenter.org.
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Due to snow, the Estuarium will not be open today.  Come visit on a future weekend, 10am – 3 pm.    Bring your family and friends!  Lots to see.  Help us grow the Estuarium as a permanent part of the South Sound Community.

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February 19th, 7 – 8:30 pm What can we to do protect Puget Sound Waters? A diver’s persepective

February 19, Janna Nichols from REEF and Laura James from Beneath the Looking Glass, LLC.  Join us and hear about their unique perspectives on engaging people in water quality issues such as working with divers for Janna and some of the film work Laura does in Puget Sound, to show that average folks can make a difference while doing things they love to do already. Puget Sound is in trouble, it is a wonderful and unique place, and we can each help protect and improve it!

LOTT’S WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia.  Doors open at 6:30,  Presentation from 7:00 to 8:30.  Appropriate for teens and older.  Free.

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Program Manager Position Now open

SSEA is seeking applicants for a 25 hour a week (on average) program manager position.  Click on resources page for the full job description.  Applications are being accepted through February 14th.  Interviews of selected candidates will be scheduled the week of February 17th.  To apply send letter of interest and resume to diana@sseacenter.org by the 14th.   Click for full description.  Program Manager Job

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South Sound Estuary Association Membership/Benefits

We need your support.  Become a member today!

 Membership levels:

$15 student/senior/low-income

$35 Individual

$50 family

Member benefits:

* Free admission to the Estuarium

* Discount on annual cruise, merchandise, events, and Beach Naturalist training

*  Invitation to member only outings/activities

To join: go to the bottom of membership section and click application to download.

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Applications for Estuarium Marine Education Position closes Sunday, January 19th


Applications due by January 19th, 2014, 3 pm.

Position starts February 1, 2014.

Click on South Sound Estuarium to access complete job description.

To apply submit letter of interest and resume to Nate Bernitz, South Sound Estuarium Operations Coordinator at nate@sseacenter.org OR drop it by the Estuarium between 10 am and 3 pm Saturday or Sunday.


SEE you at the Estuarium, 608 Washington St. NE, Olympia.  Open 10 – 3 weekends.

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January 15th, 7:00 pm “Understanding South Puget Sound Tides”

January 15th, 7:00 – 8:30 “Discovery Speaker Series”

3rd in this year’s “Discovery Speaker Series” is “Understanding South Puget Sound Tides” presented by Lynn Corliss, Marine Biology Professor at South Puget Sound Community College.

What factors cause tides within Puget Sound and the Georgia Basin to differ from those along the coast?  Why does Olympia get the highest tides in the entire Sound?  What are king tides?  When can we expect to see them?

Join us as we take a deep dive into what influences the tides in the south sound region.

Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Presentation from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.  FREE.  Age: youth and older.

LOTT’s WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE. Olympia.

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