Citizen Science

Do you like to explore the natural world? Do you want to contribute to real science research in a fun outdoor project? Maybe you want to Explore the Shore, Spot the Swallows, or Monitor the Marsh with Point Defiance Zoo naturalists as part of ongoing citizen science projects!

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Explore the Shore

Join us for low tide beach walks at Owen Beach, where we identify tide pool animals and record their presence and location to add the information to the scientific NatureMapping database.

Read more about Explore the Shore!



Spot the Swallows

Help monitor local nest box sites for purple martins. Join us for a fun and informative workshop and learn how to become a Citizen Scientist!

Workshop Dates
Sunday, April 12, 2-4 pm or
Wednesday, April 15, 6-8 pm

Attendance at one of these sessions is required to participate in the program. Pre-registration is required.

Register/learn more: zachary.hawn@pdza.org | (253) 404-3690


Monitor the Marsh

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Help monitor local wetlands for amphibian egg masses during special weekend events. We provide the gear - all you need do is show up and have fun.


Join us for one or more of these Citizen Science Saturdays:

March 14, 1-3 pm Farrells Marsh, Steilacoom - FULL!
April 18, 1-3 pm Farrells Marsh, Steilacoom 
May 9, 1-3 pm (location TBD)
June 6, 1-3 pm (location TBD)

Pre-registration is required. Families are welcome.

Register/learn more: zachary.hawn@pdza.org | (253) 404-3690


Peaking for Pikas

If you're a hiker or nature lover, you can participate in wildlife research to help the American pika. Volunteer and hike to help wildlife as you become a pika conservationist!

Workshop Date: Sat, May 16, 2-4 pm

Workshop pre-registration and attendance is required to participate in the program.

Register/learn more: zachary.hawn@pdza.org | (253) 404-3690