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 the underwater world of the Salish Sea alongside visitors to the beach. Beach Naturalists help visitors learn to care for the unique and fragile ecosystem of the Rosario tide pools.


Want to be a Beach Naturalist? Our four session training begins in March. Learn about:

  • Tides
  • The intertidal zone
  • How to identify the plants and animals at Rosario Beach
  • Local history
  • How to provide interpretation to visitors and school groups at Rosario Beach.

The training is free, but we ask that in exchange for this training volunteers spend 50 hours on the beach. This page details the Beach Naturalist training schedule and includes more information about our program.

The Deception Pass Foundation is currently seeking a volunteer Beach Naturalist Coordinator. The position is seasonal from February through August and would require 10 to 20 hours per week. Please see below for more information about this position.

Call 360.675.3767 x31 or email for more information.

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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