The Rosario Beach Naturalist Program is a collaboration between Washington State University Island County Extension and Deception Pass State Park designed to promote interpretation and conservation at the Rosario Beach Tide Pools. If you like people, enjoy being on the beach, and are passionate about marine education; consider becoming a Rosario Beach Naturalist.
- Rosario Beach Naturalists serve as stewards and educators at the Rosario Tide Pools.
- Volunteers receive Beach Naturalist training on topics including intertidal invertebrates, marine mammals, pollution in the Sound, and more!
- Classes are each Wednesday of March from 7-9pm at Deception Pass State Park. There are also two weekend field trips on March 16th at 11 a.m. and March 30th at 2 p.m.
- Classes are free. The only payment required is 50 hours of volunteering.
- A schedule of classes can be viewed below.
If you have questions or would like to register, please email Deception Pass Interpretive Services at Jessica.Osterloh@parks.wa.gov or call (360) 675-3767 ext. 31
Wednesday classes will be held at the West Beach Meeting Room. Weekend field trips will be at the Rosario Tide Pools. Please click here for directions.
Class Handouts and Information:
2013 Rosario Beach Naturalist Class Schedule
1st Class (March 6th): Introduction to the Beach Naturalist Program, the Park and Tide Pools
- Rosario History and Context
- Tide Pools 101
2nd Class (March 13th): Life of the Tide Pools
- Quick review of tide pool basics
- Tide pool ecology by zone
- Splash Zone
- Upper Tidal
- Mid tidal
- Lower tidal
- Sub tidal
3rd Class (March 20th): Marine Natural History Topics and Introduction to Interpretation
- Marine Mammals
- Non-marine life of Rosario
- Introduction to Interpretation, being a docent
4th Class (March 27th):Special Topics, Wrap-up and Review
- Working with kids at Rosario
- Marine Plastics
- What to do if…