Here’s a selection of what we’ve done and what we’re working on:

Summer Nature Hikes

From Memorial Day Weekend until August, our AmeriCorps Park Interpreters led guided Nature Hikes every Saturday at 11am. As a group, we explore the natural and cultural features of the Park through a .6 mile trail to North Beach. Along … Continue reading

Rosario Field Classroom

The Rosario Field Classroom opened for the first time in July 2016. It is brand new, and FREE to check out. Come see the different ecosystems in the Park, ask a naturalist questions, see and touch specimens of common plants … Continue reading

Upper CCC Shelter

One of two large Civilian Conservation Corps-built picnic shelters at Bowman Bay, the “Upper CCC Shelter” is a unique and widely used structure in the park. It has a design that is different from all of the other shelters at … Continue reading

Beach Naturalist Program

Want to get involved in our Beach Naturalist Program? Volunteers assist with roving interpretation, and help visitors and school field trips to the Rosario tide pools. Discover the animals and plants that live at the edge of our world and … Continue reading

AmeriCorps at Deception Pass

In 2010, the park’s Interpretive Specialist was lost due to State Parks budget cuts. This left the park without any staff dedicated to educational work. The Foundation believes that interpretation and environmental education are among the most important functions of … Continue reading

Navy Interpretive Sign

Any regular visitor to Deception Pass State Park knows that low flying aircraft from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station are a fact of life here. Their main runways are a mere 3 miles from the park and often there are … Continue reading

Recreation Hall CCC Photo Exhibit

Tens of thousands of people come to the Cornet Bay Retreat Center each spring and summer. However, few of them realize that they are staying on the same grounds as the young men of the Civilian Conservations Corps (CCC) that developed Deception Pass State … Continue reading

Bowman Bay Trail Bridge

When the footbridge at the beginning of the trail to Lighthouse Point and Lottie Bay recently began to give way, the Whidbey Island Retired Chief Petty Officer’s Association stepped up to construct a new one. The Retired Chiefs have contributed hundreds of … Continue reading

Junior Ranger Programs

Becoming a Junior Ranger is an important experience for any young camper! Every summer, thousands of kids attend Junior Ranger events and programs at Deception Pass. Junior Rangers are taught about respecting nature, park safety and natural history, and complete … Continue reading

Telling the CCC Story

Without the hard work and dedication of the young men who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), there would be no Deception Pass State Park. From 1933 through the early 1940s, hundreds of young men served at CCC camps … Continue reading

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