The South Sound ESTUARIUM, 608 Washington St., 1 block south of the Olympia Farmer’s Market.
Open weekends from 10 – 3.
Tell your friends, family, neighbors about this wonderful opportunity!
Come visit and see the baby seastars and a nudibranch. Something is always happening in the aquariums. There is something to see for all ages.
Hours of Operation
WEEKENDS: The South Sound Estuarium is open to the public on weekends – Saturday and Sunday from 10 – 3.
Admission is $5 – family, $3 – individual adult, $1 under 18 (individuals).
WEEKDAYS/GROUP TOURS: We will open the Estuarium for groups, up to 20 people, by appointment. A $50 fee. Groups might include school, child care, boy/girl scouts, boys and girls clubs, seniors.
Our new marine educator, Betsea, is also available to meet with groups bot at and outside the Estuarium. $50 fee. Contact Betsea at email@example.com to schedule group tours.
The South Sound ESTUARIUM is one of the opportunities South Sound Estuary Association provides our community that supports resident and visitor exploration of our unique south Puget Sound environment and ways we can each be stewards of this special place, our waters and the creatures who live here. This summer we have visitors of all ages, from the local area, surrounding counties and other states.
There is something for everyone to enjoy at the ESTUARIUM!
KEEP the Estuarium Open. Become a member. See membership section for details.
If you want make a donation they are welcome and tax-deductible. South Sound Estuary Association is a 501(c)(3).
If you can make a donation to support the ESTUARIUM, please send a check made out to SSEA, P. O. Box 2182, Olympia, WA 98507 or use the donate button on this website.
Volunteer: complete Volunteer Form and return to Nate Bernitz, Operations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE DREAM – a permanent South Sound Estuarium location near the water in downtown Olympia
Imagine a South Sound Estuarium in downtown Olympia! A place that creates opportunities for the public (all ages) to learn about this amazing south Puget Sound environment – its estuaries, geology, natural and cultural history, marine life, and human impact on the Puget Sound.
The Estuarium is a place of interactive learning , recreation and fun for the whole family. The dream center is visioned to be located somewhere near the saltwater in downtown Olympia, Washington.
Estuaries are important places where tidal salt water and fresh water from streams, rivers and creeks come together.
An Estuarium is a place where you come to learn about the creatures that live in an estuary, what created them and how we can protect them.
Our Puget Sound Estuary is unique and it is in trouble! At the estuarium you will learn why our estuary is special, what created it, the pressures on it, and how each of us can be part of the solution to make it a healthier place for marine and estuary life to live.
The water may look just fine but it is not. This picture taken in Budd Bay shows what red tide looks like when the water is churned up.
Located at the back-reaches of the Puget Sound, South Puget Sound has special characteristics because of the this location. Human and natural history have shaped the land and influenced the water.
The South Sound Estuarium, opened July 2013. It provides a place to see the creatures that live in our waters and other interesting things about this amazing place we live. The Estuarium is located at 608 Washington St. NE, in Olympia. An exhibit on how water moves on earth might be included.