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  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 –  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  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  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  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

Island Rec – Teen Halloween Party

Written on October 26, 2021 at 5:46 am, by

When the ghouls come out this year, we’ll be ready for them! A night of fun awaits you at Island Rec’s annual Teen Halloween Party! This year’s party will be held just outside of the Fairgrounds Building, with live music performed by Pilots in Training, a costume contest, escape room, pizza and more! Prizes will  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Girls and Boys Basketball Leagues

Written on October 23, 2021 at 10:50 am, by

It is time to register for Island Rec Girls and Boys 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.  Boy’s basketball: Register  Continue Reading

POP UP StoryWalk™  

Written on October 23, 2021 at 5:49 am, by

Zylstra Lake Trail Loop at Zylstra Lake Preserve, San Juan Island Take a reading adventure this Fall! Now through the month of November, the San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Island Library are hosting a Pop Up StoryWalk™ at Zylstra Lake Preserve featuring Thor Hanson’s Bartholomew Quill: A Crow’s Quest to Know Who’s  Continue Reading

Halloween Costume Sale

Written on October 22, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

Looking for a last-minute Halloween costume? Or just need some fun, new pieces for your wardrobe? Or perhaps you loved a costume you saw on stage and now want it for yourself! Well, look no further! The San Juan Community Theatre costume shop is getting cleaned out and we are selling tons of costumes, vintage  Continue Reading

Fall Art for Fun is Back

Written on October 18, 2021 at 5:49 am, by

Don’t miss these entertaining and creative classes by Kristen Douglas-Seitz at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). Art for Fun is a delightful two-hour art party set in a relaxed, interactive atmosphere.  It is a great way to enjoy a night out on your own, celebrate a birthday, share a date night or  Continue Reading

State Asking for Public Comments on Recreation

Written on October 15, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

OLYMPIA–Washington State’s Recreation and Conservation Office is asking people to help determine how funding should be spent by taking a survey about what kind of outdoor recreation they do. The State is updating its statewide recreation and conservation plan, which includes a state trails plan, to unlock grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  Continue Reading