American Camp Visitor Center parking lot closed next week

Posted June 4, 2022 at 11:59 am by

San Juan Island Nation­al His­tor­i­cal Park sends along news about an upcom­ing clo­sure at Amer­i­can Camp.

The long await­ed Amer­i­can Camp Vis­i­tor Cen­ter is almost com­plete. Park staff and part­ners have been hard at work fab­ri­cat­ing exhibits and prepar­ing for their installation.

The new vis­i­tor cen­ter, cre­at­ed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the park-asso­ci­at­ed Tribes of San Juan Island, will trans­form vis­i­tor ser­vices and expe­ri­ences for gen­er­a­tions to come. We have worked close­ly with artists, arti­sans, schol­ars, and sci­en­tists to cre­ate a com­mu­ni­ty facil­i­ty that pays trib­ute to the mul­ti­ple his­to­ries of San Juan Island, high­lights the diver­si­ty of our park’s sto­ry, and inspires stew­ard­ship for our island’s unique and frag­ile envi­ron­ment. The vis­i­tor center’s open­ing on Thurs­day, June 23 will be one major com­po­nent of a sum­mer of events cel­e­brat­ing the 150th anniver­sary of the Bound­ary Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion which made San Juan Island a part of the Unit­ed States.

To facil­i­tate the instal­la­tion process, the park will be clos­ing access to the park­ing lot at the Amer­i­can Camp Vis­i­tor Cen­ter from 5 p.m. on Sun­day, June 5 through 9 a.m. on Fri­day, June 10. Dur­ing this clo­sure vis­i­tors are encour­aged to park at the redoubt or the South Beach trail­heads to access the Amer­i­can Camp trail net­work. Inter­pre­tive rangers and vol­un­teers will be avail­able to answer ques­tions and pro­vide ori­en­ta­tion infor­ma­tion and his­tor­i­cal inter­pre­ta­tion at South Beach.

We look for­ward to shar­ing our new Vis­i­tor Cen­ter with you in the future.

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