Friends Partners With Youth at Sucia Island Restoration Site

April 21, 2022

We had productive and fun days at our Mud Bay restoration site on Sucia Island this month, learning with island youth and furthering ecological improvements to the site. Throughout 2020, restoration efforts at Mud Bay included the removal of nearly 300 feet of coastal road, the removal of rock armor and a culvert, as well ... read more

Did you hear what it will take? Watch our 2021 Annual Meeting!

October 14, 2021

To those of you who joined us for our 2021 Annual Meeting – thank you! To those of you who missed last week’s event — if only you could have been there! But don’t worry, here’s a link to the recording! We witnessed compelling testimonials, gained insight during our engaging conversation with Lynda Mapes, and ... read more

Register Now: Our Annual Meeting, with special guest Lynda Mapes

September 11, 2021

The Friends Annual Meeting, featuring the incomparable author and journalist Lynda Mapes, will be held on October 9th, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Lynda Mapes, award-winning Seattle Times environmental writer and author, recently published her fifth book, Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home. Our enthusiasm is running high! Friends’ Director of Philanthropy, Michel Vekved, is eager to bring our Friends community together around ... read more

It’s time again for Coffee & Cocktails with Friends – Q&A with Friends’ Staff at the Virtual County Fair

August 7, 2021

We are all ready for some new connections and opportunities. Through the Virtual Fair, you have an opportunity to connect with Friends staff, ask questions, and hear the passion that drives our mission. Join us on the virtual couch for Q&A sessions with Friends Staff: Jess, Tina, and Brent; our student mentees: Ela and Linnea; plus a ... read more

Spring into Action this Great Island Cleanup, April 24th!

April 7, 2021

Help make the San Juan Islands “Plastic Free by the Sea”! This year’s Great Islands Clean-up is on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Join the county-wide greening event and collect litter from public beaches and roadways. There will be litter clean-up events happening on Orcas, San Juan, Lopez and Shaw Islands this year. Look out for ... read more

Join us – An Evening in the Islands with Friends – Nov. 15

November 12, 2020

Please join us from the comfort of your home on November 15th at 5:30pm for the Annual Meeting of Friends of the San Juans. Immerse yourself, virtually, in the beauty of our islands, hear about impactful work that is happening today, and learn how you can protect the San Juan Islands in 2021. Register for the FriendsAnnual Meeting HERE! We will be sharing what ... read more

Be a Superhero for Planet Earth! 2020 Fall Great Islands Clean-up September 28 – October 4

September 10, 2020

We’re asking Superheroes of all ages to unite and help us clean-up our islands during this year’s Fall Great Islands Clean-up! The event will be a week-long household/individual effort beginning September 28 and running through October 4, 2020. This is an opportunity for our community to get outside, get some exercise, and help make our ... read more

Connect with Us: Online Coffee Dates with Friends!

March 23, 2020

One of the three program areas driving the mission of Friends is Thriving Communities which exemplifies our values of giving back, supporting, and protecting our communities. For those of you who have met Michel, our Director of Philanthropy, you know that she has a personal and professional zeal for thriving communities and socializing. As Michel ... read more

Thank you for celebrating with us at our 40th anniversary events!

November 13, 2019

We finished our fourth and final 40th anniversary celebration in Seattle on November 8! We are honored to protect what we all love about the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea with the help of our awesome community! Thank you for your continued support!

Join us – 11/12 Scoping Meeting for Protective Regulations for Killer Whales

November 7, 2019

Join us next week as we speak up for the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW). The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are holding a scoping meeting on Tuesday, November 12th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Brickworks in Friday Harbor (150 Nichols St.). Click here to see the full ... read more

Friends of the San Juans was vital for the San Juan Islands’ protection in 1979 and it is still vital today.

Mike and Susan Krieger

members, Orcas Island