The Foundation’s mission is to encourage general awareness and further public education in an effort to promote the responsible use and protection of the Park and its cultural, recreational, historical and natural resources.
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.
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 who wanted to support the park. With the help of our members and community supporters, we’ve accomplished a lot. We invite you to join us and help preserve Deception Pass to ensure that future park visitors will continue to enjoy its natural and historic wonders.
This will be a wonderful opportunity for community members and businesses to explore and learn more about the Retreat Center as a place to stay and/or host events. There will be an opportunity to find out more about the new educational programs and the upcoming Deception Pass Bridge painting project. The Deception Pass Park Foundation, The Audubon Society, Plastics Education Station, Forage Fish Information Display, Pacific Mammal Research, WSDOT and others will also have informational booths during the open house.
Following the open house, the Deception Pass Park Foundation will be holding their Annual Meeting. The program includes Matt Klope, Foundation President, Interpretive Specialis, Joy Kacoroski, and Deception Pass State Park Manager, Jason Armstrong,
This meeting will highlight the successes for 2018, plans for the park moving forward, and will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions.