Topic: Recreation

So Why Vanlife?

Written on January 1, 2022 at 4:30 am, by

Well, see for your­self — Here’s a brief his­to­ry in pho­tos show­ing why we are embrac­ing this new lifestyle. Click on any pho­to to enlarge, and then use the left or right arrows to see adja­cent pho­tos. (and be sure to read the cap­tions at the bottom)

Advance Camping Reservations

Written on December 31, 2021 at 4:38 pm, by

San Juan Coun­ty Parks & Fair is soon offer­ing advance camp­ing reser­va­tions for San Juan Coun­ty year-round res­i­dents, for two weeks only! Proof of res­i­den­cy is required. Ear­ly res­i­dent reser­va­tions will be accept­ed from Jan­u­ary 26 until Feb­ru­ary 9. Email requests (pre­ferred) are accept­ed at 6:00 am on Jan­u­ary 26th via email After 1:00  Con­tin­ue Reading

Girls Basketball League

Written on December 30, 2021 at 2:17 pm, by

It is time to reg­is­ter for Island Rec Girls Bas­ket­ball Leagues, open to all kids in grades 2 through 8. The focus of this league is devel­op­ment and improve­ment of indi­vid­ual and team skills. Pre­vi­ous bas­ket­ball expe­ri­ence is not required.  All games are played on Island, Sun­days in Turn­bull Gym. Girl’s bas­ket­ball prac­tices begin the  Con­tin­ue Reading

7th Annual Resolution Run and Salish Splash!

Written on December 26, 2021 at 9:24 pm, by

Island Rec invites you to take part in the 7th Annu­al Res­o­lu­tion Run 5k sched­uled for a 10:00 am start on Jan­u­ary 1, 2022.  This is a fam­i­ly and dog friend­ly fun run that trav­els up from Jack­son Beach onto Pear Point Rd, left on Argyle, right on Mullis, right onto Spring, right onto Argyle,  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan Island National Historical Park Announces Logo Contest

Written on December 16, 2021 at 8:30 am, by

Fri­day Har­bor, WA – San Juan Island Nation­al His­tor­i­cal Park is proud to announce a con­test to design a new logo for our park! The win­ning design­er will receive an award of $500 and a fea­ture sto­ry about their work and artis­tic process on Nation­al Park Ser­vice web­sites and social media. This con­test is part  Con­tin­ue Reading

Chardonnay Shopping in Friday Harbor on December 9th

Written on December 7, 2021 at 12:50 pm, by

The Chardon­nay Shop­pers are com­ing and invite you to join them… Bring your masks, your wal­let and join the fun. To the many new res­i­dents on the island, Chardon­nay Shop­ping is an annu­al event where we shop on a spe­cif­ic day to sup­port our local busi­ness­es and restau­rants. Most of the busi­ness­es and restau­rants entice shop­pers with  Con­tin­ue Reading

Garden Club Meeting

Written on December 6, 2021 at 8:08 pm, by

Can you believe we are in Decem­ber already? The next Gar­den Club Meet­ing is Tues­day, Decem­ber 7 at 1:00. We will meet at the Mullis Cen­ter. The Cen­ter is still not allow­ing refresh­ments so we will have a social hour and make plant mark­ers for Nana’s Hol­i­day House. Remem­ber — Toy and Food Dri­ve — If  Con­tin­ue Reading

Land Bank Preserves Closed due to Severe Weather

Written on November 16, 2021 at 11:05 am, by

The Con­ser­va­tion Land Bank’s Turtle­back Moun­tain, Judd Cove and Coho Pre­serves on Orcas Island sus­tained heavy dam­age from last weekend’s record rain­fall. Although staff are pri­or­i­tiz­ing safe­­ty-relat­ed repairs to roads and trails, please expect minor dis­rup­tions. Some repairs may take months and some impacts will be last­ing. In par­tic­u­lar, the cul­vert under Wil­drose Lane just  Con­tin­ue Reading

Master Gardeners Volunteer Training

Written on November 10, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

Are you a gar­den­er in San Juan Coun­ty? Do you enjoy learn­ing and shar­ing your knowl­edge with oth­ers? Have you just moved to the islands and want to get involved in the com­mu­ni­ty and learn about gar­den­ing in our unique ecosys­tem? The WSU Exten­sion San Juan Coun­ty Mas­ter Gar­den­er Vol­un­teer pro­gram may be just what  Con­tin­ue Reading

STAR Program is Hiring/Looking for Volunteers

Written on November 5, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

Island rec is search­ing for some kid lov­ing, capa­ble peo­ple to help with our dai­ly STAR- Study Time and After­noon Recre­ation — pro­gram.  If you are 14+ look­ing for San Juan Ser­vice Schol­ar­ship Hours for school, or some­one that thinks that vol­un­teer­ing for kid pro­grams is right up their alley, we would love to have  Con­tin­ue Reading


Written on November 4, 2021 at 5:54 am, by

Aging but Not Slow­ing Down (well not slow­ing down too much any­way) Louise and John Dus­trude have enjoyed out­door activ­i­ties all their lives — boat­ing, (includ­ing sail­ing, row­ing and canoe­ing), hik­ing, walk­ing and bik­ing to name a few. How­ev­er, a few years ago, notic­ing that her sense of bal­ance wasn’t what it used to be,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Trail Times: Fall, 2021 — King Sisters Preserve Trail

Written on November 4, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

Trail Times is a con­tin­u­ing series of arti­cles intro­duc­ing the Old Mil­i­tary Road Trail (OMRT), a pro­posed 18–21 mile cross-island non-motor­ized mul­ti-use trail link­ing Eng­lish Camp and Amer­i­can Camp and hon­or­ing the orig­i­nal Old Mil­i­tary Road. The King Sis­ters Pre­serve is an often over­looked lit­tle gem in our San Juan Island Trail Sys­tem. Strate­gi­cal­ly locat­ed in  Con­tin­ue Reading

Thor Hanson Author Talk and Stroll at Zylstra Lake Preserve

Written on November 3, 2021 at 5:50 am, by

(Fri­day Har­bor, WA) – Novem­ber 2, 2021 – Join author Thor Han­son for two upcom­ing events host­ed by the San Juan Island Library. Han­son will regale read­ers with a dis­cus­sion of his new­ly released book, Hur­ri­cane Lizards and Plas­tic Squid: The Fraught and Fas­ci­nat­ing Biol­o­gy of Cli­mate Change via Zoom on Wednes­day, Novem­ber 3, at  Con­tin­ue Reading

Scarecrow Contest Winners

Written on November 1, 2021 at 12:04 pm, by

The Friends of the Library and the Cham­ber of Com­merce thank all the par­tic­i­pants and vot­ers! It was a close race among all of the cre­ative scare­crows. It was so much fun to see them all and we can’t wait to see what the com­mu­ni­ty comes up with for next year! 1st place For­rest Sprite 2nd  Con­tin­ue Reading

Come See Fall at the Sculpture Park

Written on October 28, 2021 at 11:36 am, by

The Giant Maple leaves are falling, but the grass is still green, and the San Juan Islands Sculp­ture Park just fin­ished installing 15 new sculp­tures from across the Coun­try.  Come see “Sara Tops’ (a drift­wood Tricer­atops), by Joe Treat, or play “Rock/Paper/Scissors” by Ben Sharp. Enjoy our “Fig­ure Pulling Chain” by Ethan Cur­ri­er, at the bay.   Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Rec Welcomes New Staff

Written on October 28, 2021 at 10:46 am, by

Island Rec is pleased to wel­come Car­los Gar­cia as their new Recre­ation Spe­cial­ist for Pro­grams, Jen Hen­ry as their new Recre­ation Spe­cial­ist for Com­mu­ni­ty Events, and Bri­an Krem­bs as their new After School Pro­gram Man­ag­er (STAR) Car­los will pri­mar­i­ly be orga­niz­ing youth, teen, and fam­i­ly pro­grams. Car­los spent the last 5 years as high school  Con­tin­ue Reading