All of the money we raise goes to support projects at Deception Pass State Park. Here’s some of what we have done and are working towards.

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Welcome to the Deception Pass Park Foundation

With diverse ecosystems, a vibrant history, and an iconic bridge, Deception Pass State Park is an ideal place to explore, recreate, relax and learn. Beaches, sand dunes and tide pools flank old growth forests, freshwater lakes, and rocky balds. Deception Pass still bears the impression of the native peoples that once called this area home, and many of the park’s structures were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Yet despite everything that the park has to offer and a visitation rate that puts it on par with many National Parks, Deception Pass is subject to increasingly uncertain state funding, which seems to come and go like the tides.

That’s where we come in. The Deception Pass Park Foundation was formed in 2005 by a group of park neighbors. Our mission is to provide support for education and resource protection at Deception Pass. With the help of our members and community supporters, we’ve already accomplished a lot. But there’s always more to do. So join us, and help us preserve Deception Pass and ensure that park visitors will continue to enjoy its natural and historic wonders.

Beach Naturalist Program

The Rosario Beach Naturalist Program began as a collaboration between Deception Pass State Park and WSU Beach Watchers. The Beach Naturalist program is designed to promote interpretation and conservation at tide pools and beaches in our area.

If you like people, enjoy being on the beach, and are passionate about marine education; consider becoming a Rosario Beach Naturalist.

  • Urticina2Rosario Beach Naturalists serve as stewards and educators at the Rosario Tide Pools.
  • Volunteers receive Beach Naturalist training on topics including intertidal invertebrates, marine mammals, coastal processes, and more!
  • Classes will take place weekly in March and April. Stay tuned for more information about trainings.
  • There is also a weekend field trip. 
  • Classes are free.  The only payment required is volunteering.
  • A schedule of classes can be viewed here.

If you have questions or would like to register, please email Deception Pass Interpretive Services at or call (360) 675-3767 ext. 31

This web site is maintained for the Deception Pass Park Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is NOT supported by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the agency that manages and operates Deception Pass State Park, nor does this website represent the official views of the Commission. The information on this web site is maintained for the Foundation as reasonably current and dependable information for your benefit and use. The Foundation seeks to support Deception Pass State Park and provide valuable services to its visitors. All of the money raised by the Foundation goes to the direct benefit of the educational and resource protection programs of Deception Pass State Park.
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