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.
  • 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 and marine invertebrate expert, Dr. Benjamin Miner (WWU). As well as a field trip!
  • A schedule of classes can be viewed below:


Wednesday, 3/21, 6-8pmWelcome & Intro, Movie Viewing: Maiden of Deception Pass

Wednesday, 3/28, 6-8pm – Volunteer Sign Up overview; Marine Invertebrates (Andrew Rice- M.S. in biology Walla Walla University)

Wednesday, 4/4, 6-8pmTides and Currents (Jack Hartt- retired DPSP Area Manager); Marine Mammals (Matt Klope- retired wildlife biologist US Navy)

4/11, 6-8pmEnvironmental Education (Susan Wood- Padilla Bay Education Coordinator), Interacting with Kids (Jackie French- lead DPSP AmeriCorps Interpreter)

Mentor Day: 4/21, 12-4pm – Get your feet wet and learn together! Experienced Beach Naturalists pair with new volunteers to show you the ropes. We then walk through the tide pools together with Dr. Benjamin Miner (marine invertebrate- WWU)

Graduation: 4/28, 10-2pm – Celebrate graduating the class with a boat tour- courtesy of Deception Pass tours. Afterwards, enjoy a potluck with your fellow Beach Naturalists!

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!

  • 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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