Topic: Recreation

Feeling Crabby?

Written on July 28, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Giant crab joins giant bear at San Juan Islands Sculpture Park Thanks to a loan by Cattle Point Rock & Topsoil, “Rusty” the giant crab, now has a temporary home near the bay at the Sculpture Park.  “Rusty” is the work of artist Zackarya Leck, on Orcas Island.  Come see them both along with 150  Continue Reading

Update on American Camp Visitor Center

Written on July 22, 2020 at 6:45 am, by

By Louise Dustrude When the new Visitor Center opens at American Camp next summer there will be some familiar features — the curved-trunk Douglas fir at the entrance, the small clump of black locust trees within the parking lot, and the friendly, knowledgeable National Park Service staff and volunteers to answer questions. There will also  Continue Reading

Island Rec – 43rd Annual 8.8K Loop Run

Written on July 10, 2020 at 8:40 am, by

43 years running! Be part of this Island tradition – virtually for 2020 (you still have to go all 8.8k, your computer can’t do that part for you!). This race can be completed any time between August 9-15, 2020. Any Course (even your treadmill) consisting of 8.8k! Participants will send completed race times, and distances  Continue Reading

Sculpture Park in the News

Written on July 8, 2020 at 8:15 am, by

San Juan Island Sculpture Park is in the news – the National News on CNN.com. Check out this article on wild, weird, spectacular places… https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/best-outdoor-art-united-states/index.html And remember to go check the park out for yourself. You’ll likely be impressed if you haven’t been there in a while and it’s a great place to relax with  Continue Reading

Wildflowers in Bloom at the Gravel Pit

Written on July 6, 2020 at 12:10 pm, by

By Louise Dustrude A number of people have been asking one another what those bright yellow flowers are that have appeared recently at Island Rec’s LaFarge Open Space, aka the gravel pit. So we checked with Eliza Habegger, the land steward at the Land Bank, whose responsibilities also include ecological assessment, monitoring, and restoration on  Continue Reading

Three Grizzlies Find a New Home at SJI Sculpture Park

Written on June 29, 2020 at 11:44 am, by

By Marita Holdaway Thanks to Jim and Bonnie Towne the San Juan Island Sculpture Park has three bears. These are not just any old bears but grizzly bears commissioned by the Towne’s for their lodge in Colorado. When the Towne’s moved to San Juan Island, the mom and two cubs came with them. And now, as  Continue Reading

American Camp Visitor Center Upgrades

Written on June 26, 2020 at 10:31 am, by

The National Park Service has been busy making progress on construction of the new visitor center out there. Here’s the latest from their construction blog… Update: Site Observation Update Week of June 16th This week’s work has no discernable theme apart from a great deal of focus outdoors. With superb weather, we began work on  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Labs closed on the 4th of July

Written on June 26, 2020 at 7:45 am, by

For many islanders, it is a long-standing tradition to come to UW Friday Harbor Labs (FHL) on the 4th of July to sit on the breakwater or bluffs to watch the fireworks in the harbor – it’s one of the best viewing sites!  So we are saddened to announce that this year, access to the FHL  Continue Reading

A Letter From Roche Harbor Resort

Written on June 22, 2020 at 4:07 pm, by

In the mailbag this afternoon we have this letter from Brent Snow, General Manager of Roche Harbor Resort… Dear Friends, Neighbors and Community, The COVID-19 pandemic has put a terrible monkey wrench in all our plans. These are not easy times for any hospitality operation and Roche Harbor is founded and based on hospitality.  We are  Continue Reading

July 50 Mile Challenge

Written on June 19, 2020 at 8:11 am, by

Island Rec and Peace Health want you to walk or run 50 Miles in July! Get outside and enjoy Summer! This is a great way to also train for the Friday Harbor 8.8K Run. You can track your distance using your smartphone or watch, using many available apps such as Strava, Map My Fitness, FitBit,  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Yacht Club Calendar Announcement Update

Written on June 15, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic we have made some changes to the annual Shaw Island Classic sailboat race. Please post this event update on your website and/or printed calendar. Thanks! Contact:  Jim Corenman, SJIYC Race Committee.  (360) 317-6442 or racecommittee@sjiyc.com Although the San Juan Island Yacht Club has postponed the 50th Shaw Island Classic  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Island Scavenger Hunt

Written on June 15, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

We are excited to bring a virtual scavenger hunt experience for the whole family to the community this summer. Each week 5 “hunts” will be delivered to your inbox, varying in difficulty and activity type. The objective of these experiences will be to learn more about your island and to experiment with new projects and  Continue Reading

Scouting has Restarted on San Juan Island

Written on June 12, 2020 at 10:50 am, by

Troop Meetings are open for all young Men & Women ages 10.5 – 17 Thursdays 6:30-8 at Camp Bogardus Cub Pack Meetings are open for all young Boys & Girls ages 6 – 10.5 Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 at Camp Bogardus Sea Scout Meetings, will restart soon for all Men & Women ages 14-20 Please contact Scoutmaster  Continue Reading

Discover San Juan Islands 2020

Written on June 10, 2020 at 6:25 am, by

Your Conservation Land Bank turns 30 this year and is celebrating with a multi-island exploration. Every preserve has a story – gather your family and get outside this summer to discover what your public lands have to say! The San Juan County Land Bank teamed up with the Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Island libraries  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on June 7, 2020 at 4:56 pm, by

Fact Check of Whalen Petition Dear Editor and Community, We recently received in the mail Mr. Ron Whalen’s request to have us sign a petition to eliminate the Land Bank by December 2020. The request was loaded with falsehoods and outrageously attempted to dupe our community into thinking that a yes or no answer meant  Continue Reading

Island Rec -Summer Virtual Class Offerings

Written on June 6, 2020 at 5:58 am, by

Island Rec is excited to offer a few virtual programs this Summer. Registration opens Monday June 8th at 7:00am online. We have offerings for a wide range of age groups available. Please visit our website for the complete list, and registration. www.islandrec.org For questions, please call 360-378-4953.

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