Two people investigate beach
Photo: Janet Lamont/NOAA

The ocean shore provides endless opportunities for discovery and investigation. The sandy beaches of Washington State Parks are perfect for kite flying and beachcombing.

We've all been astonished at the variety of objects the sea has deposited on our beaches. It's good to know the guidelines on collecting and removing objects. Park and tribal regulations and federal and state laws restrict the disturbance and removal of certain natural and historical objects. Know the rules before you disturb animals or remove that "mystery" object you found in the sand.

On your next beach walk, practice Leave No Trace principles. Lend a hand with trash removal— carry some beach litter back for appropriate disposal or join an organized beach cleanup with Washington CoastSavers to enjoy working together to keep our beaches clean.