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

CCC Interpretive Signs at Cornet Bay

Out of the thousands of people that come to the Cornet Bay Retreat Center each year, few realize that they are staying on the same grounds as the Civilian Conservation Corps did while they were working to develop Deception Pass … Continue reading

The West Beach Sand Dunes Interpretive Signs

The Foundation helped fund the production and installation of 18 interpretive signs detailing the natural history of the West Beach Sand Dunes and other nearby ecosystems. Much of the research and all of the artwork for these signs was done … Continue reading

Goose Rock Interpretive Signs

Goose Rock is the highest point on Whidbey Island and one of the most popular hikes in the park.  At the summit, visitors are treated to spectacular views of the surrounding area and a chance to see a rare ecosystem: rocky balds.  Over … Continue reading

Civilian Conservation Corps Stove Restorations

The stove shelters at Cranberry Lake and North Beach are among the most popular of the many Civilian Conservation Corps-built structures at Deception Pass. They were constructed in the 1930s and until recently, they were really starting to show their … Continue reading

Rosario Beach Interpretive Center

One of the Foundation’s biggest long-term goals is the construction of an Interpretive Center at Rosario Beach. The Rosario Beach Interpretive Center will be a place to learn about the unique cultural and natural history of Deception Pass.  There will … Continue reading

Maintaining Education and Interpretation

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

A New Amphitheater

Thanks to the hard work of Eagle Scout Nathan Wagner and his troop, the generosity of Frontier Building Supply, and support from the Deception Pass Park Foundation, the 1st half of our amphitheater renovations have been completed!  Nathan recently finished … Continue reading

Cornet Bay Fireplace

The Cornet Bay Fireplace was built by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. It is used year-round by groups staying at the Cornet Bay Retreat Center for marshmallow roasting, campfire sing-alongs and even a number of weddings. … Continue reading

John Tursi Commemorative Sign

Deception Pass State Park was home to two camps of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) members during the 1930s and early 1940s.  They built trails, benches, kitchen shelters, wash rooms, and caretaker residences that are still in use today.  One of … Continue reading

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