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 2017.


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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Listen to a story about the Tesoro Xylene project public hearing that happened on November 2. It includes more information about the project and some of the comments made by environmental groups that day. Thank you to Ginny Wolff for putting this together!

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Join this community gathering on Lopez Island to learn about the growing Rights of Nature and Community Rights movements and how it can apply to the Salish Sea! ... See MoreSee Less

Community Rights San Juan Islands

November 30, 2017, 6:30pm - November 30, 2017, 10:00pm

Join us in a community gathering to learn about the growing Rights of Nature and Community Rights movements. We will watch a short film, We the People 2.0, a visual essay about a grassroots effort to ...

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Congratulations to all involved! So happy to see The Exchange opening again on Orcas! ... See MoreSee Less

Tonight we celebrate! A gathering of key players in the rising from the ashes of the new Exhange reuse facility on Orcas Island. A toast to the founder of the original Exchange: George Post. And here...

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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

Upcoming Events

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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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