Join us for volunteer training to map and survey intertidal habitats. ‘Adopt’ a small beach section of Boundary Bay to monitor once or twice annually. Shorekeepers

Shorekeepers is stewardship of coastal marine habitats by people who live near them. It is a monitoring methodology designed specifically for community groups and for people who may not have a strong science background to be able to contribute to scientific data collection. Having local community groups and individuals take an active role in looking after their coastline fosters "local ownership" and interest.

Have you ever wondered how barnacles survive out of water for so long at low tide? What creature makes those holes in the sand? Shorekeepers learn an astonishing amount about intertidal life on the beaches near their communities. By actually having to learn to identify different species of marine invertebrates and algae, one begins to appreciate the beauty and complexity that exists. For example, seaweed may seem like a slippery mass growing over the rocks, but a closer look reveals a myriad of delicate seasonal plants, in colours ranging from pink through green, olive, and brown.

Workshop/Training: May each year on a Saturday from 8:45 - 3pm. Morning in the classroom. Afternoon on the beach! Please see our calendar for training and survey dates and details.

To Register contact:

  • Current Survey Sites:

    White Rock Beach Training Site - Leader: FOSBs
    Coldicutt Site - Leader: Sharon Jones
    A Rocha / Little Campbell River Site - Leader: Christy Juteau
    Blackie Spit Site - Leader: Sarah Brookes/Chantelle Kingston
    24th Ave. Site - Leader: Paulus Vrijmoed
    Steps Brittle Stars Site - Leader: Lynn Pollard & Yvonne Dawydiak

    Check out: for more information about:

    • Fostering ‘local ownership’ interest & active participation in coastline preservation
    • Learning to identify different species of marine invertebrates & algae
    • Detection of gradual changes to habitats & local biodiversity using established data collection techniques

    Want to improve your Marine ID skills? Visit the WSU Beach Watchers site to download a set of ID cards, play the EZ-ID Game and more!


  • Be a ‘Shorekeeper’!

    To learn more about how to become involved in this citizen science initiative or to register for training, send an email with your information and/or questions to:

    Subject: Shorekeepers Registration

    Please include:

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