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    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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  • English Camp Visitor Contact Station on Summer Schedule

    The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily through September 1. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.

  • American Camp Visitor Center on Summer Schedule

    The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through September 1. Grounds remain open daily from dawn to 11 p.m More »

  • Brief American and English Camps Visitor Center Closure

    The American and English camps visitor centers will be closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 27. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Plan A Field Trip

Park Ranger darlene Wahl assists students
Park Ranger Darlene Wahl assists fifth grade students from Friday Harbor Elementary during the park's "Habitats" education program. Habitats involves classroom and field work that includes several experiments as well as inventorying and monitoring.
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Park Ranger Ron Garner demonstrates the spoke-shaving horse.

Park Ranger Ron Garner, better known as "Blacksmith Ron," demonstrates the spoke-shaving horse for fourth graders from Friday Harbor Elementary School. Contact the park to organize a field day for your class.

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San Juan Island National Historical Park preserves and protects nearly 1,800 acres on San Juan Island, including prairies, lagoons, forests and mountains, and more than six miles of saltwater shoreline. Under the park's protective watch are seven historic structures dating to the 1860s, a rich archeaological resource of prehistorical and historical objects, as well as habitats rich with plants and animals.

It makes for an exciting classroom. Where else can you:

Hear about how an American miner-turned-farmer almost started a war by shooting a neighbor's pig while gazing at the Olympic Mountains across the Strait of Juan de Fuca...

Work with a classmate to saw a log just the way the soldiers and marines did it when they built their camps in the island's 19th century wilderness...

Listen to woodpeckers drill and eagles call in the quiet forests of the Jakle's Lagoon trail, where one passes from mossy logs to prairie grasses in matter of minutes.

Remember to take only memories (and students!) home and leave only footsteps behind.

The above represent only a few of the range of opportunities for learning in the park. To find out more about education programs, please consult the menu at the top of this page.

Did You Know?

Belle Vue Sheep Farm in 1859

Belle Vue Sheep Farm, founded in 1853 on San Juan Island, was a classic HBC sheep station with two rows of tidy log houses, heavy-duty fencing for sheep pens and an English-style, double-bay barn. Its establishment created tensions that nearly brought war with the United States. More...