Beach naturalists are individuals who take courses on aquatic shore life. After completion of the courses, they volunteer to educate people they meet on the beach about its environment.
Beach naturalists are available to answer questions about life on the beach. They have general knowledge about crabs, birds, starfish, clams and vegetation. They teach people how important conservation is and proper steps to protect wildlife found there. They work with groups, such as school field trips or scheduled community events. Naturalists also monitor beaches, recording information for organizations to use in tracking changes in the environment. Volunteering is done year round, in both day and evening hours.