Measuring Plankton Puget Sound 

Citizen Plankton Monitoring

  • Every Thursday from June 25th - September 24th
  • Begins at 2:00 p.m.
    (followed by Wet Science Center classroom viewing at 3:00 p.m.)
  • Meet on the Port Plaza dock behind Anthony’s

What’s Blooming in Budd?

This summer marks the 4th year of citizen plankton monitoring in Budd Inlet near downtown Olympia. Don’t miss out in joining Stream Team and PSI biologists at the Port Plaza dock to learn about some of the smallest organisms in the sea – phytoplankton. Join us as we drop a net into the rich waters of Puget Sound to collect a jar of nutritious plankton soup. Prepare to be amazed as a drop of water comes to life under the microscope. Grab a clipboard and record weather, tides, water temperature, salinity and water clarity conditions.

Want a closer look? Follow us to the LOTT Wet Science Center classroom to observe live zooplankton and phytoplankton on the big screen. Learn how to identify these microscopic organisms as we generate a species list and count harmful algal bloom (HAB) species for NOAA’s Sound Toxins volunteer monitoring program. Keep weekly tabs on What’s Blooming in Budd and view past data by logging onto

For more information contact Michelle Stevie at or

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