• American Camp parade ground looking west

    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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  • 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 »

  • 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.

Tall Oregon Grape

oregon grape
Portland Habitat
 

Tall Oregon grape
(Berteris nervosa)

This evergreen shrub has thin, shiny leaves and can grow to five feet or more. Leaves turn a rich scarlet along the edges. Used by Indians for yellow dye, flowers, and innerbark, but not edible.

Where in the Park: Many places, but most noticeably along the Visitor Center porch at American Camp.

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Did You Know?

West Valley Road on San Juan Island

Many of San Juan Island's roads trace sheep runs cut by Hudson's Bay Company workers. They were led, in part, by Fort Victoria Chief Factor and colonial Gov. James Douglas, from 1853 to 1859. Many of the workers were Cowichan Indians from Vancouver Island.