Beach Naturalist Program

Current Beach Naturalists go here ⇒

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, please consider becoming a Rosario Beach Naturalist.

* Rosario Beach Naturalists serve as stewards and educators at the Rosario Tide Pools.

* All training is required and free and will take place at Deception Pass State Park’s West Beach Shelter on Wednesdays in March and April.

* Gain experience with environmental education.

* There is also a Saturday Mentor Day to help get your “feet wet” with experienced Beach naturalists. A great field trip is included!

Learn about: Deception Pass State Park, tide pools 101, tides and currents, intertidal invertebrates, coastal ecology and processes, marine mammals, story of the Maiden, interpretation, environmental education and more!


Wednesday, 3/20, 6-8pm     Welcome & Intro, Movie Viewing: Maiden of Deception Pass

Wednesday, 3/27, 6-8pm     Interpretation & Working with Youth presented by Interpretive Specialist Joy Kacoroski

Wednesday, 4/3, 6-8pm     Marine Invertebrates presented by Dr. Brian Bingham, WWU Environmental Sciences Professor, Policies and Regulations presented by Ranger Bryce Watkinson and Interpretive Specialist Joy Kacoroski

Wednesday 4/10, 6-8pm     Marine Algae presented by AmeriCorps Lauren Hagen, School Programming presented by Interpretive Specialist Joy Kacoroski

Mentor Day: 4/20, 10-3pm    Get your feet wet and learn together! Experienced Beach Naturalists pair with new volunteers to show you the ropes.

Graduation: 4/27, 10-2pm   Celebrate graduating with a boat tour – courtesy of Deception Pass Tours and a Pot Luck to follow at Rosario Beach


For questions or to sign up for the training to become a Beach Naturalist, please contact Deception Pass Interpretive Services at or call (360) 675-3767 ext. 231

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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