• American Camp parade ground looking west

    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.

Wildflowers

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A cluster of camas and buttercups blossom near the Jakle's Lagoon/Mt. Finlayson trailhead.
Mike Vouri
 

One of the most enchanting times to visit San Juan Island NHP is in spring, when native wildflowers bloom. Purple camas and sprays of spring gold blanket American Camp's open prairie, along with hooked spur violets, small flower woodland-stars, and buttercups. Along the bluffs, look for tiny blue-eyed Marys, seashore lupines and chocolate lilies. The area on the Redoubt looks like a wedding bouquet, with red sorrel, purple camas and white Death camas. On the ridge of Mt. Finlayson, you'll find Miner's lettuce, desert parsley (around the parking lot), sheep sorrel, prairie saxifrage, and two varieties of brodiaea. At English Camp, follow a trail of fawn lilies on your way up to Mt. Young, and look off the trail for smatterings of purple shooting stars.

Efforts are underway to restore native wildflowers through eradicating invasive, non-native plants.

Pick up a free wildflower guide at the American Camp visitor center.

Efforts are underway to restore native wildflowers through eradicating invasive, non-native plants.

Pick up a free wildflower guide at the American Camp visitor center.

Did You Know?

Colour Sgt. John Prettyjohn

English Camp's Colour Sgt. John Prettyjohn was awarded the Victoria Cross (Great Britain's highest award for valor)for his actions during the Battle of Inkerman during the Crimean War.