South Sound Estuary Association Aims to Create an Interpretive Center in Olympia

The South Sound Estuary Association (SSEA) was created in 2007 to establish and maintain an interpretive center, in or near downtown Olympia, with an emphasis on the marine and estuarine life of Puget Sound. SSEA asks us to:

Imagine an interactive learning center about estuaries and marine environments of South Puget Sound located in downtown Olympia, WA. A place of learning and recreation for the whole family.

Estuaries are important places where tidal salt water and fresh water from streams, rivers and creeks come together. All of Puget Sound is a large estuary – the 2nd largest in the U.S. with 2000 miles of shoreline.

Our Puget Sound Estuary is unique and it is in trouble! At the center you will learn why our estuary is special, the pressures on it, and how each of us can be part of the solution to make it a healthier place for marine and estuary life to live.

Located at the back-reaches of the Puget Sound, South Puget Sound has special characteristics because of the this location. Human and natural history have shaped the land and influenced the water.

The SSEA Marine Estuary Interpretive Center will provide a place where interactive hands-on, on-site, in the field, on-the-water, and in the classroom education opportunities will exist for people of all ages.

The SSEA is seeking ideas and assistance from individuals and groups in the South Puget Sound. Click here to download a copy of their brochure. Inside you will find a description of the goals of the SSEA, contact information, and a form you can use to join or to financially contribute to the SSEA.

For more information, see their web site at and their blog at

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