Our Work

The San Juan Islands: Precious. Finite. Worth protecting.

Friends of the San Juans protects and restores the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea for people and nature— since 1979. We champion clean water, forests, food, and healthy communities by using science, education, and advocacy. Our innovative programs help the region’s environment and economy thrive.





Thriving on

the Land

Our Impact


islanders explored, restored, and learned at Friends events in 2016.


hours volunteered for beach & stream restoration in 2015.


tons of toxic, creosote-treated material removed from local waters in 2015.

The Latest

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We just got word that the canoes are coming in to English Camp early today - around 1 p.m.! Please help us spread the word. Hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less

Canoe Journey San Juan Island Stop-over

July 25, 2017, 3:00pm - July 26, 2017, 10:00am

Join us on July 25th at Pe’pi’ow’elh (English Camp on San Juan Island), for Tribal Canoe Journey 2017 – “Standing Together” Community Dinner and celebration starts at 6:30 pm. Canoes land...

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great video of the abundance along shorelines ... See MoreSee Less

Who uses the nearshore? Everyone. Here adult surf smelt fatten up a bit more before heading to nearshore central Strait of Juan de Fuca beaches to spawn. Juvenile salmon are in the melee too and feed ...

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We had a fantastic day with high schoolers on Stuart Island yesterday - boating, hiking and talking about our local environment. ... See MoreSee Less

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So glad to see L pod came back in! Now will there be enough salmon for them to stick around? We'll keep you posted. ... See MoreSee Less

L pod made an appearance today in the Salish Sea! 19 of the 35 members of L pod were here. Everyone except the L12's and the L54's. They are back just in time for our big fundraiser this Friday! Encou...

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“I want the beach to be able to be here for my grandchildren… for my nieces, nephews, and godchildren. That’s when we made the decision to contact Friends of the San Juans.”

Mariluz Villa, participating shoreline restoration project property owner

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Want to keep the islands a great place to live and play? We do too. Here’s how you can help…

Photos by: Mark Gardner (Healthy Seas), Mark Gardner (Thriving on the Land)

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