Beach Naturalist Program

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. This year we are excited to announce a new collaboration with the Washington Park Beach Naturalist program. The two programs will share trainings and give volunteers the opportunity to be involved at either location.

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, coastal processes, and more!
  • Classes will take place weekly in March and April. Stay tuned for more information about trainings.
  • There are also two weekend field trips on March 22nd at Washington Park (optional) and March 25th at Rosario Beach.
  • 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 or call (360) 675-3767 ext. 31

Here are Class Handouts and Information From 2013:


2014 Rosario Beach Naturalist Schedule

Here is a tentative overview of the Beach Naturalist Training Schedule. It is subject to change. Classes will begin at 5:30 PM and last until about 8:00 PM unless otherwise noted. Bring a brown bag dinner to eat during the training! This schedule only reflects trainings for the Rosario Beach Naturalist Program. Please see for information about the Washington Park Beach Naturalist training.

March 6, 5:30 – 8:00 PM, Cornet Bay Retreat Center: Introduction, overview of involved organizations, overview of Beach Naturalist training program, Rosario history and context, marine mammals of Northern Puget Sound

March 13, 5:30 – 8:00 PM, Cornet Bay Retreat Center: Beach ecology

March 20, 5:30 – 8:00 PM, Fidalgo RV Park, Anacortes: Fidalgo Island and Padilla Bay geography, Skagit coastal and shoreline processes

March 22, 2:00 – 4:00 PM: FIELD TRIP at Washington Park (optional for Rosario) Exploring the intertidal zone; science, animal and plant ID

March 25, 5:00 – 7:00 PM: FIELD TRIP at Rosario Beach (optional for Washington Park) Site familiarity, cultural history, outdoor interpretation, animal and plant ID

April 3rd, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Padilla Bay (afternoon optional) Learn tips and techniques for working with school groups, gain interpretive skills and practice techniques

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