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; consider becoming a Rosario Beach Naturalist.

  • Rosario Beach Naturalists serve as stewards and educators at the Rosario Tide Pools.
  • Gain experience with environmental education.
  • Classes will take place weekly in March and April.
  • There is also a weekend field trip.
  • Classes are free.  The only payment required is volunteering.
  • A schedule of classes can be viewed below.


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

3/15, 6-8pm – Marine Invertebrates, Marine Mammals

3/22, 6-8pm – Tides and Currents, Geology of Fidalgo

3/29, 5-8pm – Interpretation 101, Interacting with Kids

Field Trip: 4/1, 12-4pm – Boat Ride, Low Tide Exploration, and BN Basics

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

  • To sign up for the training and to become a Beach Naturalist, please click here!!!!!

If you have questions, please email Deception Pass Interpretive Services at or call (360) 675-3767 ext. 31




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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