American Camp Visitor Center Closed Christmas and New Year's Days.
The American Camp Visitor Center will be closed Christmas Day, December 25 and New Year's Day January 1. Grounds at both American and English camps will remain open from dawn to 11 p.m.
Park on Fall Schedule
The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Wednesday-Sunday. The English Camp contact station is closed for the winter. Grounds at both units are open from dawn to 11 p.m. More »
Skagit Bridge Lane Closures/Detours Expected Through November
Expect nighttime lane closures and full Interstate-5 (I-5) detours into November at the I-5 Skagit River Bridge in Burlington. Work on the permanent bridge began Monday, September 16. Check the following link for weekly updates from the WDOT. More »
Community Arts in the Park Contest Slated
Contact: Raena Parsons, 360-378-2240, ext. 2222
Grab your paints and brushes, allow your imagination to run wild, and submit any two- or three-dimensional piece of art by April 12 to the first Community Arts in the Park competition, sponsored by San Juan Island National Historical Park.
The competition, designed to celebrate ecology through art, is part of the park's annual Bloom Week spring celebration, which kicks off May 5 with a week of wildflower walks and other events and culminates in the Wildflower Festival May 11 on the American Camp parade ground.
"Through this program community members have the opportunity to raise awareness of San Juan Islands' natural diversity, said park superintendent Lee Taylor. "Works will inspire community connections to local ecology and outdoor stewardship."
Entries must be a creative rendering of a San Juan spring wildflower(s).All contest participants will receive a certificate of appreciation for their work as community artists and conservation leaders. A panel of local artists, botanists and naturalists award prizes to the top three entries with ribbons given to the top 10 entries, which will be displayed at the American Camp visitor center during Bloom Week. The first cut will be made based on original design and artistic composition.
A public vote will determine the top three winners. The winning works also will be photographed and posted on the park website.
Two-dimensional entries must be mounted on photo mounting board or foam core with several strips of Velcro tape (hook side) affixed to the back surface of the mounting board sufficient for hanging. No frames, glass or other covering will be accepted unless: pastel, charcoal, or other loose medium is used, entries must be protected with shrink wrap, wrapped in acetate, or sprayed with fixative before submission.
Click here for a contest entry form.
Did You Know?
Camas bulbs were so highly prized by Northwest Indians for their creamy potato/baked pear taste that groups sometimes fought over the best growing areas, and people traveled great distances to harvest the bulbs and prepare them into thin, dry cakes. To ensure future harvests, the Indians burned the prairie regularly.