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.
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 is divided into 1 hour shifts. Feel free to sign up for as many shifts as you like for a single day. Up to 4 people can sign for each 1-hour shift (sign up with friends!). The calendar will be kept updated for at least 3 or 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 DeceptionPass.Interpreter@parks.wa.gov or (360) 675-3767 ext. 31 so that you can be briefed on the specific group’s plans and educational requirements.
- Tide Calendar
- Volunteer Naturalist Handbook 2016
- Tide Pools and Legends by Sammye Kempbell
- Tide Pools: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t! By Rick Colombo
- Intertidal Life of Rosario by Tim Hall (presented by Sammye Kempbell)
- Marine Mammals of Deception Pass Park by Matt Klope
- Interpretation 101 Powerpoint by Amos Almy
- Exploring at Low Tide Video