Topic: Recreation

Free Summer Reading Program Take-Home Kits

Written on June 5, 2020 at 1:54 pm, by

To Be Distributed for Children and Teens at FHES on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 Due to community closures and social distancing measures, the San Juan Island Library’s summer program will be a bit different for 2020. San Juan Island Library Youth Services will be offering Summer Reading Program take-home kits for our  Continue Reading

“2020: A Fair Odyssey” – An Alternative Fair

Written on June 4, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

On Tuesday May 26th the San Juan County Council approved plans for the production of an Alternative Fair.  The decision was made earlier in May to not host a physical Fair at the San Juan County Fairgrounds, the resting place of the SJC Fair since 1924.  This decision was made with heavy minds and hearts,  Continue Reading

Trail Times: Spring Discoveries

Written on June 2, 2020 at 10:19 am, by

The following is shared from the Old Military Road Trail Committee… Hello Fellow Islanders and Hikers, It seems that for many of us, ‘hunkering down’ on San Juan Island has involved enjoying our multitude of trails and even choosing some new trails to explore. If you’ve not yet experienced the American Camp Trail, springtime is  Continue Reading

Island Rec – June & July Adult Fitness via ZOOM

Written on May 28, 2020 at 2:22 pm, by

Island Rec is continuing to carry classes with Jacquelyn Reiff and Katerina Wen through the end of July via Zoom. All classes will be accessed through a live Zoom video link that is sent to you each morning of class. Sign up for the whole month, or a drop-in option is also available. To register,  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #23: May 21, 2020: The 2020 Memorial Day Weekend in the San Juan Islands

Written on May 21, 2020 at 3:42 pm, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders With roots dating back to the Civil War, Memorial Day is a time for our nation to remember and honor military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. In addition, Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kick-off to  Continue Reading

Protect What You Love: Green Boating in the San Juan Islands

Written on May 21, 2020 at 7:42 am, by

The 2020 boating season is officially upon us, and soon our anchorages will begin to fill with local and visiting private boats. Our amazing group of islands, where boaters find wonder and relaxation, are also where fish and wildlife find food and shelter. One of the Salish Sea’s most critical and sensitive marine habitats is  Continue Reading

Letter from the Labs

Written on May 13, 2020 at 8:29 am, by

To the Editor: In this time of Stay-at-Home regulations, coinciding with some lovely spring weather, we at the Friday Harbor Labs (FHL) have noticed increased use of University of Washington properties. We absolutely understand the desire to get out of the house and find new places to explore, and we want to be good neighbors,  Continue Reading

Driving Access to Mount Grant Preserve Summit Resumes Sunday, May 10th

Written on May 8, 2020 at 6:36 am, by

Your Conservation Land Bank will resume opening the gate at Mount Grant Preserve beginning this Sunday, May 10th.   We have switched to our spring/summer calendar and driving access to the summit will be available twice a week, Sundays and Wednesdays from 10am to 7pm. Please continue following social distancing guidelines whenever visiting your preserves: If  Continue Reading

Island Rec Cancellations

Written on May 5, 2020 at 8:56 am, by

The San Juan Island Park and Recreation District commissioners have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person programs and events for summer 2020 based on Governor Jay Inslee’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order and his four phases of reopening, in addition to Washington State Department of Health guidelines. The health and safety of our  Continue Reading

The Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale is Online!

Written on May 4, 2020 at 9:01 am, by

No standing in lines and no rushed shopping at the Mullis Senior Community Center this year. We are online only in compliance with all safety guidelines for COVID-19. Our Spring Plant Sale starts at 9am, Tuesday, May 5. Healthy veggie starts need new homes! Eight new varieties this year, including two delicious cherry tomatoes, cucumbers,  Continue Reading

San Juan County State Parks to Open for Day Use on May 5th

Written on May 3, 2020 at 8:24 am, by

On April 27th, Governor Inslee announced a May 5th partial opening of some outdoor recreation activities. Included in his action was a opening of many State Parks across Washington for day use activities. However, he held off on announcing any opening of San Juan County State Parks, pending support from San Juan County decision makers.  Continue Reading

A Note from the Library

Written on April 27, 2020 at 9:01 am, by

Library staff are working hard, albeit remotely, to serve the community in new ways to meet your changing needs.   We’ve heard that many of you miss our Staff Picks book recommendations in the Library; these are now available online in our new and improved Reading Room.   Staff members have answered questions about reading interests and are  Continue Reading

Island Rec – May Fitness via ZOOM

Written on April 25, 2020 at 5:56 am, by

  Are you missing your morning fitness class routine? Island Rec is continuing to carry classes with Jacquelyn Reiff and Katerina Wen through the end of May via Zoom. All classes will be accessed through a live Zoom video link that is sent to you each morning of class. Sign up for the whole month,  Continue Reading

An Update from the Land Bank

Written on April 17, 2020 at 9:14 am, by

Land Bank Preserves continue to remain open despite other federal and state public land closures because we believe people need access to nature close to home, especially when nothing else in life seems normal. We islanders are fortunate enough to live in a place where we can get outside and take in fresh air while  Continue Reading

2020: A Fair Odyssey

Written on April 15, 2020 at 6:56 am, by

Planning for the San Juan County Fair occurs year round.  As planning continues for the 2020 San Juan County Fair, each day presents new situations, issues to explore, and opportunities for creative problem solving.  In case you haven’t heard, the San Juan County Fair Board selected a futuristic theme for this year – “2020: A  Continue Reading

COVID-19 Crisis Increases Gratitude for Greenspace and Highlights Need to Leash Dogs

Written on April 10, 2020 at 9:33 am, by

Land Bank Preserves remain open despite other public land closures because we believe people need access to nature close to home, especially when nothing else in life seems normal. Early evidence suggests that dogs don’t spread COVID-19. However, current social distancing rules apply to both people and their pets. To that end, we want to  Continue Reading

Island Rec Programs Cancelled

Written on April 7, 2020 at 2:21 pm, by

An update from the San Juan Island Park and Recreation District board of commissioners: All Island Rec in-person programs for April and May remain cancelled in order to prevent community spread of COVID-19. Have you tried one of our adult fitness LIVE Zoom classes with Jacquelyn Reiff or Katerina Wen? It is a great way  Continue Reading

BLM Spokane District temporarily closes additional recreation sites

Written on April 6, 2020 at 3:01 pm, by

Spokane, Wash. – The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains the first priority of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our local partners and the state of Washington, the BLM is temporarily closing the following recreation sites, effective today, to help limit  Continue Reading

From San Juan County, HOT TOPIC #9: Navigating Nature

Written on March 30, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islandersNavigating This article is from Brandon Cadwell, Chief of Visitor and Youth Engagement at San Juan Island National Historical Park. Now is the time to take the road less traveled. Or perhaps, the trail or sidewalk less traveled. As the Chief of Visitor  Continue Reading

Walking at English Camp

Written on March 29, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

“And because enjoying the outdoors is critical to supporting your mental health, you can still go for a walk or a bike ride or garden in your yard.” Governor Jay Inslee from his “Stay home, stay healthy” order. “English Camp is good hiking spot with its upland trails to Young Hill, Bell Point loop, Westcott  Continue Reading

All Washington State Parks Closed Temporarily Through April 30

Written on March 27, 2020 at 4:03 pm, by

This week, we announced the temporary full closure of all Washington state parks for at least two weeks. The decision follows Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued on Tuesday. We want to do our part to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. The measure adds to our March 22 decision  Continue Reading

Spring Fling at the Fairgrounds

Written on February 26, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

Love the 80’s?  They are back, at least for a night at the San Juan County Fairgrounds. The Spring Fling, Adult Prom will be held on March 28th showcasing live music by Prom Date Mixtape. Come dance the night away to the sounds of The Cure, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, U2, Flock of Seagulls, Wham!,  Continue Reading