Beach Monitoring – Tacoma Narrows Beach Park
Beach Monitoring is one of Harbor WildWatch’s signature Community Science Programs where twice a year (summer & winter), we collect data from different beaches throughout the South Sound area. This information helps us determine how the beaches change over time and could be useful in determining the impact of a future natural or human induced event.
We meet in the parking area of the beach at the scheduled time to organize gear before heading out to our monitoring site. See below for more detailed directions about the monitoring location. Participation with these special community science events gets you, your friends, and family directly involved with the protection of our local beaches and who knows, may even inspire future ecologists. Mark your calendar for any or all of these upcoming events. Remember, you don’t have to have a science background to participate, nor are you required to stay for the entire duration of the typically 3-4 hour program. All ages welcome.
Tacoma Narrows Park: Despite the name, this park is on the Gig Harbor side of the bridge. Through the gate, you will enjoy a tree-rich drive down to the parking area. We will meet in the parking area at the scheduled time. If you arrive later, you can walk down the concrete path to the beach and walk along the beach in the opposite direction from the bridge. Our monitoring site is a ways down the beach to your right (when facing the water).
This program is brought to you through a partnership between Harbor WildWatch and PenMet Parks. For more information about PenMet Parks, check out their website: https://penmetparks.org/