Field Trip 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Alki Beach Park

Field trip: Introduction to the Natural World Course

Field Trip 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Alki Beach Park

Constellation Park in West Seattle has an abundance of marine life. You can easily find seastars, anemones, crabs and many different seaweeds. Join us for one of the lowest tides of the year as we explore the intertidal zone and low tide waters.

  • Easy, Sea Kayak II/III
  • Easy

Let's meet at 9:30 at the beach entrance at the corner of Beach Dr SW and 63rd Ave SW. There is ample parking on the street, but no public restrooms

We'll start our intertidal exploration by discussing how the rocky shore habitat hosts a rich diversity of organisms in our region. Gain insights into the role of tides and other physical and biological factors that shape this dynamic environment. We'll observe patterns of vertical zonation and think about who lives there and why as we make our way down to the rocky wall that is teeming with life. Learn to recognize and identify a diverse array of intertidal species, from colorful nudibranchs and resilient barnacles to predator sea stars and the diverse growth forms and colors of algae.

  • -2.67' lowest tide is at 11:47 am
  • We will start exploring ~ 2 hours before the lowest tide to allow ample time to explore as the tide rolls out to its low point.
  • Please ensure you feel comfortable walking on rocky and potentially slippery, seaweed- and barnacle-covered rocks.
  • Expect detailed information by email approximately 1 week before the field trip.
  • Water-ready footwear, preferably closed toe shoes or boots to avoid sharp rocks/barnacles. Footwear should have  good tread/grip for slippery rocks
  • Shorts or pants that can be rolled up since we will be walking in the water, sometimes knee-deep
  • Poles 
  • Loupe and/or camera for observing small details in marine life

Recommended field guides:

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Route/Place

Alki Beach Park & Alki Point


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Water-ready footwear, preferably closed toe shoes or boots to avoid sharp rocks/barnacles. Footwear should have  good tread/grip for slippery rocks
  • Shorts or pants that can be rolled up since we will be walking in the water, sometimes knee-deep
  • Poles 
  • Loupe and/or camera for observing small details in marine life.

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