Peace Over War

San Juan Island is well known for splendid vistas, saltwater shore, quiet woodlands, orca whales and one of the last remaining native prairies in the Puget Sound/Northern Straits region. But it was also here in 1859 that the United States and Great Britain nearly went to war over possession of the island, the crisis ignited by the death of a pig.

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Learn More About the BioBlitz

Sign up here and learn more about the BioBlitz scheduled 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at American Camp.

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Artists at work on the redoubt. Painting by Nancy Spaulding.

Community Arts in the Park Returns In May

Break out your brushes, clay and stone. The park's second annual Arts in the park contest is welcoming entries from May 11 to May 15.

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Ferry Reservations Required For San Juan Island

Reservations are required for vehicular traffic on Washington State Ferries to and from San Juan Island. Visit the WSF for detailed information.

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Federal Highways Cattle Point Road Newsletter

Stay up-to-date with the Cattle Point Road Realignment Project through periodic updates via the Federal Highways Administration's newsletter.

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Geologic Resources Survey Report Available

Geology buffs! You're not going to want to miss this 72-page report on the geology of San Juan Island National Historical Park and the archipelago.

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San Juan Island NHP Environmental History

This study by Christine Avery explores the changing relationship between humans and nature in San Juan Island National Historical Park.

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Download Our Free E-book about the Royal Marines

You're a 22 year-old lad from Devon. What was it like to be a Royal Marine on San Juan Island, more than 4,500 miles from home? Read the free e-book.

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Native Americans & Stewardship

Learn how American Indians and First Nations peoples shaped the region’s environment before the arrival of Euro-Americans.

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A Brief Overview of The Pig War

Hear park historian Mike Vouri's story of the Pig War from the Treaty of Oregon, to Pickett's landing, to the Kaiser's decision.

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