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  • American and English Camps Visitor Centers Open Labor Day

    The American and English camps visitor centers will be open on the Labor Day holiday, September 1. Call 360-378-2240, ext. 2226 or 360-378-4409 for information.

  • English Camp Visitor Contact Station on Winter Schedule

    The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is closed for the season, starting September 2. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.

  • American Camp Visitor Center on Winter Schedule

    The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from September 2 to June 6, 2015. Grounds remain open daily from dawn to 11 p.m. Telephone 360-378-2240, ext. 2227 or 2226 for information. More »

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March 22, 2014
American Camp BioBlitz Scheduled May 3-4
San Juan Islanders and visitors throughout the region will have the opportunity to work along side scientists in tallying the flora and fauna of American during the park's first BioBlitz scheduled from noon to noon, Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4.

August 12, 2013
Landscape Painter Nancy Spaulding To Conduct Art Walk at American Camp
Join San Juan Island artist Nancy Spaulding to learn how she utilizes photography and sketching on site during a artist workshop scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, August 17 meeting in the American Camp parking area.

August 12, 2013
Conversations With Crazy Horse Set for Library August 17
Author, historian and internet pioneer Bruce Brown further explores American Indian stories with a penetrating examination of Indian oral histories that stitch together a view of the Battle of the Little Bighorn rarely offered in the millions of words published on the topic. The free program is scheduled 7 p.m., Saturday, August 17 at the San Juan Island Library.

July 30, 2013
Weaving Weekend Slated for August 3 and 4
Weavers from throughout San Juan Island and Washington State will gather for the weekend to demonstrate how European and American Indian techniques melded to create woven objects and clothing unique to the Pacific Northwest. The free program is scheduled Saturday and Sunday August 3 and 4 on the English Camp parade ground. A golf cart is available to transport disabled persons to and from the parking area. Call (360) 378-2240, ext. 2233 or 378-4409 for additional special access information.

July 24, 2013
Encampment 2013 Set for English Camp
Re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada will once again celebrate peace as they gather for the 15th Annual Encampment scheduled Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28 on the English Camp parade ground.

May 26, 2013
Barbara Jensen To Conduct Bird Walk June 2
San Juan Island bird expert Barbara Jensen will give a guided nature walk beginning at 7:30 a.m., Sunday, June 2 at American Camp.

May 26, 2013
Stein To Conduct Annual Archaeology Walk June 1
The University of Washington's Dr. Julie Stein will discuss archaeological investigations of ancient cultures at American Camp and San Juan Island in a guided walk scheduled 10 a.m., Saturday, June 1 at American Camp's South Beach site.

April 25, 2013
Wildflower Fest Completes Bloom Week
Learn where the wildflowers and birds are, peer over the shoulders of artists in action, play a game or catch a tune or two during San Juan Island National Historical Park's second annual Wildflower Festival, scheduled 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 11 on the American Camp parade ground.

March 07, 2013
Community Arts in the Park Contest Slated
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.

January 12, 2013
Prairie EIS Alternatives Workshop Set
San Juan Islanders and northwest Washington citizens will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the future management of the American Camp prairie during an "alternatives" workshop scheduled 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday January 15 at the Mullis Senior Center.

December 29, 2012
Park Installs New Dinghy Dock at English Camp
Boaters calling at San Juan Island National Historical Park’s English Camp unit next summer will step onto a new era when they tie up at the park’s new dinghy dock on Garrison Bay.

December 27, 2012
Park To Look Ahead to 2013 In Community Reception at SJ History Museum
The public is invited to join San Juan Island National Historical park staff and volunteers in reviewing 2012 park operations and accomplishments and preview 2013 in a briefing and reception scheduled 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday January 8, in the resource center of the San Juan Historical Museum.

December 02, 2012
Golden Paintbrush Planting Set for December 5
Stake your claim for gold—as in golden paintbrush —by joining park staff and volunteers in planting more than 2,000 seedlings in a section of the American Camp prairie from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, December 5, meeting at the American Camp visitor center.

November 25, 2012
Holiday Social Scheduled December 8
Join San Juan Island National Historical Park staff and volunteers for the annual old-fashioned Holiday Social, tree-trimming and cookie potluck from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, December 8, at English Camp.

October 10, 2012
Cattle Point Road FEIS Released
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Cattle Point Road Realignment Project has was published in the Federal Register today (Oct, 10, 2012), the National Park Service (NPS) and Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) announced.

October 06, 2012
Prescribed Fire Scheduled for October
National Park Service fire crews plan to conduct two prescribed fires on the American camp prairie between now and mid-October, weather permitting, announced Superintendent Lee Taylor.

September 15, 2012
New Artifact Selection On View at American Camp
Park visitors can gain sense of daily life during the joint military occupation and the farming period that followed by checking out the newly refreshed archaeology exhibits at San Juan Island National Historical Park's American Camp visitor center.

September 12, 2012
Rises at the Door To Conclude Indian Stewardship Series
Washington State Conservationist Roylene Rises at the Door will discuss traditional American Indian conservation efforts and current tribal issues, state and nationwide, in a talk scheduled 7 p.m., Sunday September 23 at Skagit Valley College's Friday Harbor Campus.

September 02, 2012
Northwest Indian College Vice President To Talk at Skagit Valley College in Friday Harbor
Northwest Indian College Vice President David Oreiro will discuss traditional American Indian conservation efforts and current tribal issues, state and nationwide, in a talk scheduled 7 p.m., Sunday September 9 at Skagit Valley College's Friday Harbor Campus

August 04, 2012
Weaving Weekend Slated August 4-5
Weavers from throughout San Juan Island and Washington State will gather for the weekend to demonstrate how European and American Indian techniques melded to create woven objects and clothing unique to the Pacific Northwest. The free program is scheduled Saturday and Sunday August 4-5 on the English Camp parade ground. A golf cart is available to transport disabled persons to and from the parking area. Call (360) 378-2240, ext. 2233 or 378-4409 for additional special access information.

July 25, 2012
Encampment 2012 set for July 28
FRIDAY HARBOR, WA, July 8, 2012--Re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada will once again celebrate peace as they gather for the 15th Annual Encampmentand the Henry M. Jackson Centennial Celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29 on the English Camp parade ground.

July 17, 2012
Attorney and Scholar to Discuss Native American Boundary Issues
FRIDAY HARBOR, WA—A regional historian and international scholar/mediator will each explore the nature of borders and their impacts on American Indian, First Nations and Inuit peoples in successive lectures scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday July 20 and Sunday July 22 at Skagit Valley College’s Friday Harbor campus.

June 17, 2012
Begging Fox Creating Traffic Hazard Near American Camp Entrance
A red fox begging on the roadside has become a traffic hazard on Cattle Point Road just inside American Camp's northwestern boundary, as visitors are stopping in the road to observe, photograph or feed the animal, according to Lee Taylor, superintendent of San Juan Island National Historical Park.

June 17, 2012
English Camp Dinghy Dock Closed Through June 24
The dinghy dock at English Camp will be closed to boater traffic through June 24 while archaeologists investigate the site in preparation for the dock's replacement later this summer, announced Lee Taylor, park superintendent.

June 10, 2012
Park To Replace Lower Story of English Camp Blockhouse
Visitors and San Juan Islanders will have an opportunity this summer to see how log structures were built on the frontier when San Juan Island National Historical Park maintenance crews on June 20 replace the lower story of the Royal Marine blockhouse at English Camp.

June 01, 2012
Park to Bid Farewell to Bigleaf Maple at English Camp
An era will come to end at San Juan Island National Historical Park's English Camp unit when on June 20 maintenance crews cut down the Bigleaf maple that has towered over the Royal Marine Barracks since it was first constructed in 1860.

May 02, 2011
Wildflower Festival Set For May 7
No abstract supplied.

February 23, 2011
Bloom Week Events Slated for April-May
Come see the color and experience spring on the prairie during Bloom Week, a weeklong celebration of spring, May 3 –8 at American Camp.

December 18, 2010
Former Officers Quarters Returned to American Camp Parade Ground
One of the oldest structures on San Juan Island and northwest Washington has returned to its first island location—Officers' Row at American Camp, a unit of San Juan Island National Historical Park.

October 10, 2010
MITCHELL HILL BECOMES PART OF SAN JUAN ISLAND NHP
No abstract supplied.

September 24, 2010
National Park Analyzes Rabbit EA Comments
San Juan Island National Historical Park staff have reviewed and analyzed public comments received on the European Rabbit Management Environmental Assessment released in July.

September 03, 2010
Cattle Point Road DEIS Now Available
No abstract supplied.

July 16, 2010
Tide Pooling with the NPS
The National Park Service will be leading several tide pool walks throughout the rest of the summer. The schedule is as follows: July 26at 9 am, Aug. 10 at 10 am, Aug. 25 at 10 am, Sept. 6 at 9 am, Sept. 20 at 10 am.

July 10, 2010
English Camp Visitor Center Closed July 13 and 14
No abstract supplied.

July 09, 2010
Prescribed Fire Slated for American Camp
National Park Service fire crews plan to conduct a prescribed fire on six acres of the American camp prairie between July 8 and 14, weather permitting, announced Superintendent Peter Dederich.

July 09, 2010
Park Plans to Control European Rabbits
No abstract supplied.

July 05, 2010
Encampment 2010
Re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada will once again celebrate peace as they gather for the 13th Annual Encampment scheduled July 31 on the English Camp parade ground.

November 19, 2009
Severe Winds Topple American Camp Flagpole
No abstract supplied.

November 10, 2009
2009 Holiday Social Set for English Camp
Join San Juan Island National Historical Park staff and volunteers for the annual old-fashioned Holiday Social, tree-trimming and cookie potluck from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, December 5, at English Camp.

September 09, 2009
Prescribed Fire on Young Hill
No abstract supplied.

May 19, 2007
An Archaeology Walk with Julie Stein
The University of Washington's Dr. Julie Stein will discuss archaeological investigations of ancient cultures at American Camp and San Juan Island in a guided walk scheduled 10 a.m., Saturday, June 2 at American Camp?s South Beach site.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The prairie at American Camp is one of the last remaining natural prairies in the Strait of Juan de Fuca/Puget Sound region. The park is currently involved in restoration, which includes controlling non-native species such as the European rabbit.