Thriving on the Land

Kids and Canoes: Build-Paddle-Share

by Friends of the San Juans on April 8, 2017 No comments

Kick-off and Open House, April 21, 6 p.m., Friday Harbor High School STEM Building

Community organizations on San Juan Island have developed a pilot project with Lummi Nation member and Master Canoe builder, Dean Washington, to build Coast Salish style cedar strip canoes in the San Juan Islands with students in grades 5-12.

Students will work with a master builder and complete two 6 Seat -21 foot canoes and paddles while learning canoe history and use in the islands. In the summer, Island Rec will feature a new Voyager canoe program which participants will paddle throughout the islands while teaching navigational skills and paddle technique.

The purpose of this pilot program is to introduce island youth to Native American culture through hands-on canoe building with one of the world’s top canoe builders from Lummi Nation.

Join us at the public Coast Salish Canoe building kick-off event on April 21! Students will start canoe building process on Saturday April 22-28 and share their final projects on Friday, April 28 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the STEM Building.

This project is a community partnership with Spring Street International School, San Juan Island School District, and Friends. To make a donation to this project, please call Friends of the San Juans at 360-378-2319 or visit

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Friends of the San JuansKids and Canoes: Build-Paddle-Share

2017 Great Islands Clean-up this EARTH DAY!

by Friends of the San Juans on April 8, 2017 No comments

Saturday – April 22, 2017 from 9AM to 12PM

Help make the San Juan Islands “Litter Free by the Sea” by joining this county-wide greening event where volunteers will collect litter from public beaches and roadways. Connect with your business, school, non-profit or service groups, families and friends, and turn out for Earth Day!

Contact your island’s organizers directly from the list below or click here to find details on Facebook:

On San Juan Island:

For roadside clean-ups, contact Lori Stokes (360-378-4643 or

For beach clean-ups, contact Jana Marks (378-2319 or

On Orcas Island:

For roads or beaches, contact Pete Moe at Orcas Recycling Services (376-4089 or

On Lopez Island:

For roadside clean-ups, contact Nikyta Palmisani (468-2555 or )

For beach clean-ups, contact Nick Teague (468-3754 or

On Shaw Island:

For roads or beaches, contact Stephanie Buffum (472-0404 or )

Or just drop in at SJI National Historic Parks’ South Beach to help Friends and park staff clean our longest beach for people and wildlife. Access to South Beach is from Pickett’s Lane off of Cattle Point Rd. on San Juan Island. Past year’s cleanups have removed 100’s of pounds of marine debris and litter from this beach. All volunteers at the South Beach clean-up will receive a canvas shopping bag in appreciation and celebration of the county’s plastic bag ban that is scheduled to be implemented on May 1, 2017.

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Friends of the San Juans2017 Great Islands Clean-up this EARTH DAY!

Attend the Salish Sea Stands for Climate Action March!

by Katie Fleming on March 30, 2017 No comments

Join us for a rally and march on April 29th in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in solidarity with the People’s Climate Movement Marches throughout the world. Plus the march will end at an electric vehicle and renewable energy fair!

The People’s Climate Movement and Mobilization is part of a larger strategy to push back on Trump’s agenda of climate denial and fossil fuel expansion, and show we support real climate solutions here in the San Juan Islands.

We need your energy, creativity, and leadership — to promote clean energy solutions in our islands and resist fossil fuel infrastructure projects. That’s our best chance of continuing to keep playing offense, even as we defend everything this administration wants to take away. Let’s mobilize!

We hope you’ll be part of it with us — and with the many partners and allies who are helping to make it all happen.

If we want to build the future we need, it will require us joining together to make change. See you on the 29th!

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Katie FlemingAttend the Salish Sea Stands for Climate Action March!