Beach Naturalists

Now that you’ve completed your Beach Naturalist training, it’s time to start paying back those volunteer hours and having fun educating visitors on the beach. Here’s how: Click the button below to view a calendar of the upcoming low tide days (the tide pools are exposed at anything below a +2) and group visits at Rosario Beach.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on

Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be able to view a weekly calendar of times where coverage is needed on the beach. Each low tide day and field trip is listed and open for sign ups. For field trips, the spot will list the time of the field trip, field trip leaders name, the Menu of Activities for stations, how many Beach Naturalists is needed for each station, low tide time and tide exploration. The calendar will be kept updated for at least 3-4 weeks in advance.

For Low Tide Days: Simply go to the Beach Naturalist office, grab your Naturalist gear and educational tools, and set up shop at the picnic table above the tide pools. If there are multiple Naturalists, it’s great to have someone down by the tide pools to answer questions and point out interesting finds. When you’re done, make sure to put everything away and to fill out your volunteer time sheet.

For Group Visits and Field Trips: Having Naturalists assist with group visits and field trips is extremely helpful and a lot of fun. If you would like to be involved in a group visit that you see on the calendar, please contact Deception Pass Interpretive Services at or (360) 675-3767 ext. 231 so that you can be briefed on the specific group’s plans and educational requirements.

For our Menu of Activities, please click here.

Welcome to our Library of Information!

BN Training 2017 “Homework”

Safety Questions 

Tides and Currents Quiz

Tide Pool Pre and Post Tests

    Every Field Trip leader is given a Pre and Post Test that is relevant to their classes grade level and curriculum. These tests are a significant way we receive funding for education in the Park, as it can prove interpretive staff have increased their knowledge of environmental stewardship. Although it is not required for you to do so, asking 1-2 of these questions can assist the interpretive staff with this goal as you are out in the tide pools with the students. If you are interested, take a look at these pre and post tests before a field trip and ask 1 or 2 to students in your station.

  • Tide Pool Test – Younger Grades
  • Tide Pool Tests – Intermediate
  • Tide Pool Tests – Advanced

Training PowerPoints:

Videos relevant to Tide Pool/ocean ecosystems:

Videos relevant to Deception Pass ecosystems

Forest/plant videos:



Natural Phenomena:

Videos about Education:

What relevant Bill Nye the Science Guy and Magic School Bus episodes! There are some available on Netflix and youtube.

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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