Topic: Nature

Hanging Basket Class

Written on April 27, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Don’t forget – Reservations are required prior to April 28th – Participants in this class will assemble a 12” hanging container with growing medium, choice starter plants for sun or shade exposure and plenty of free advice. Bring your own gloves, tools, beverage and snack. Though a container and plants are provided you may choose  Continue Reading

A Rosy Day Out

Written on April 26, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

The SJI Garden club is offering another hosted excursion… Christianson’s Rosy Day out and LaConner The first stop on this excursion is LaConner. A beautiful destination with museums, unique shops and fine food for brunch or lunch. Then on to Christianson’s to hear Rebecca Reed, of David Austin Roses, describe characteristics and qualities of varieties.  Continue Reading

Sunrise over Mt. Baker

Written on April 21, 2017 at 9:02 am, by

Kevin Holmes captured this beautiful sunrise photo from the redeye ferry. A gorgeous beginning to your Friday. Thanks for sharing Kevin!

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on April 20, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Okay Oakies, this Sunday we have our work cut for us – Thom has big plans for Earth Day Weekend, so grab a buddy and lets get chopping! On the docket for Sunday is blackberry removal (bring those RUGGED gloves!) limbing and girdling trees and possibly even burning the piles from our last work party.  Continue Reading

Hanging Basket Class

Written on April 18, 2017 at 5:41 am, by

Plant Now For Summer Glory! Participants in this class will assemble a 12” hanging container with growing medium, choice starter plants for sun or shade exposure and plenty of free advice. Bring your own gloves, tools, beverage and snack. Though a container and plants are provided you may choose to bring a favorite hanging container.  Continue Reading

Spring Plant Sale

Written on April 14, 2017 at 8:49 am, by

Hundreds of organic vegetable starts and perennials, all lovingly grown and nurtured by San Juan County Master Gardeners, will be on sale at the Mullis Center, Saturday May 13th at 9am – just in time for Mother’s Day! The Master Gardeners choose vegetables they love. They love them because they grow well in our climate,  Continue Reading

FHFF Winter Film Series

Written on April 13, 2017 at 10:06 am, by

The Friday Harbor Film Festival Winter Series – Audience Favorites presents Seed: The Untold Story Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds — worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. This documentary follows passionate seed keepers who are protecting a 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94 seed varieties  Continue Reading

FRIENDS’ New Video

Written on April 6, 2017 at 3:34 pm, by

New video highlights how healthy shorelines can adjust to rising seas, protecting habitat and property. Sea level rise and climate change: they’re what coastal communities around the globe are increasingly talking about and feeling the impacts of. Forward-thinking individuals and governments are taking steps to prepare. In San Juan County, the most likely impacts associated  Continue Reading

Spotted Wing Drosophila Workshop

Written on April 4, 2017 at 5:26 am, by

Spotted Wing Drosophila is a new pest threat to Blueberries, Strawberries, Cherries and Plumbs in the San Juan Islands. Drosophila suzukii, commonly known as Spotted Wing Drosophila or SWD, is of concern to home gardeners and commercial producers. SWD is unique because it lays eggs inside ripening fruit. The maggots hatch from these eggs and feed inside fruit  Continue Reading

Garden Club Excursion to Evergreen Arboretum

Written on April 3, 2017 at 5:22 am, by

What is a Nativar? Join us and learn about the latest craze in gardening – Nativars- improved cultivars of native plants. Breeders have taken natives and tweaked them to bloom longer, grow tidier, have more colorful foliage and be more disease resistant. Date: April 15, 2017 Location: Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens Time: Eastbound 8:00AM ferry Westbound 8:20 PM ferry Cost:  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Written on March 20, 2017 at 5:41 am, by

A million-mile walk: Join National Parks Education Specialist, Raena Parsons, on a journey millions of years in the past. We will investigate the geologic forces that shaped San Juan Island, demonstrate plate tectonics (with cookies–yum!), and discuss earthquakes and other geologic hazards in our region. Comfortable hiking shoes, warm layers, and a sense of adventure  Continue Reading

Concerts to Benefit “Salish Sea Stands Against Kinder Morgan” Coming Soon

Written on March 18, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Canadian First Nations, environmental organizations, and internationally recognized musician Luke Wallace, join the “Pull Together” music tour to resist the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. The proposed Kinder Morgan expansion would greatly increase vessel traffic and the risk of an oil spill in the Salish Sea. The concert tour, coming to the San Juan  Continue Reading

Public Lands Report

Written on March 17, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

The trails and open spaces on the island are popular with both residents and visitors, but they don’t just appear out of nowhere. Where does the money come from to keep them open? What can members of the public do to help? This is the fourth in a series of reports by Louise Dustrude trying  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Labs Open House

Written on March 14, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Mark your calendar now… On Saturday, May 20, 2017, the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories will hold its annual Open House. This event offers a splendid opportunity to meet scientists and students at the Labs and check out the research and teaching facilities. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Labs will be open  Continue Reading

Roche Harbor Garden Tour

Written on March 12, 2017 at 5:33 am, by

Meghan Hoffman, Gardens & Grounds Supervisor of Roche Harbor Resort will lead a tour of the “winter mode” gardens and grounds of Roche Harbor Resort.  The pots and gardens will just be waking up.  Date: March 18, 2017  Location: Hotel De Haro entrance  Time: 10:30 AM  Car pool meeting location: Mullis Center 10:00 AM  The  Continue Reading

March Turtleback March

Written on March 11, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

Welcome Spring! The San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Preservation Trust invite you to the third annual MARCH TURTLEBACK MARCH, a 5 mile “Up and Over” hike on the Turtleback Mountain Preserve! We will depart promptly at 1:00 pm from the South Trailhead parking area (Deer Harbor Road/Wild Rose Lane) on board a  Continue Reading

Parks Report Part Three

Written on March 10, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

The trails and open spaces on the island are popular with both residents and visitors, but they don’t just appear out of nowhere. Where does the money come from to keep them open? What can members of the public do to help? This is the third in a series of reports by Louise Dustrude trying  Continue Reading

Disc Golf

Written on March 9, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

The SJI Family Nature Club celebrates the spring solstice weekend with a spin: Disc Golf! Similar to regular golf, the game is played with a flying disc instead of a golf ball and clubs. Whether a seasoned golfer, or a first a first time player, disc golf is a great outdoor activity to do with  Continue Reading

Garden Planning Party

Written on March 7, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

A reminder to the community about the San Juan Island Garden Club Garden Planning Party/Meeting Tuesday at the Mullis Center beginning at 10:00 a.m. There will be plantings of kale, sweet peas, flowers, etc., catalogs, magazines, containers, books, picture frames, photos, etc., and advisers for planning your garden and advice for some garden problems all in the  Continue Reading

Land Bank’s Lopez Tombolo Preserve Extended

Written on March 6, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

  The Land Bank is excited to announce an additional 800 feet of public access to beach and tidelands located west of Bayshore Road on the San Juan Channel side of Fisherman Bay on Lopez Island. This acquisition would not have been possible without the support of the Sunset Acres Owners Association, a residential community on  Continue Reading

Parks Report Part Two

Written on March 3, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

The trails and open spaces on the island are popular with both residents and visitors, but they don’t just appear out of nowhere. Where does the money come from to keep them open? What can members of the public do to help? This is the second in a series of reports by Louise Dustrude trying  Continue Reading

Native Plant Sale and Expo

Written on March 3, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

The San Juan Islands Conservation District and Master Gardeners Foundation of SJC collaborate to bring you the annual Native Plant Sale and Expo. This year we are offering 16 species of native trees and shrubs. Come join us! Refreshments Vendors Educational exhibits Special day-of plant sales! Saturday March 11 from 9:00 am til noon at the Fairgrounds