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 »
Tide Pooling with the NPS
Contact: Joshua Boles, 360-378-2240 ex.2228
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.
Walks meet in the American Camp parking lot and include a .5 mile hike to Grandma’s Cove. Raena Parsons, a recent graduate in Outdoor Recreation from Eastern Washington University, will discuss the various life forms found in the intertidal zone and give attendees the opportunity to explore the tide pools themselves.
Magnifying glasses, guidebooks, and other exploration tools will be available to aid in individual discovery. Grandma’s Cove provides an enjoyable experience for all interest levels due to its rocky outcroppings, protected waters and sandy beach.
Intertidal species commonly found at Grandma’s Cove include anemones, tide pool sculpin, mussels, shore crabs, barnacles, and various seaweeds.
“Tide pooling is a great way to get out and enjoy the diversity of ecosystems that the national park has to offer,” Parsons said.
Walks run about an hour, are free, and open to the public. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water and sunscreen.
Did You Know?
The San Juan Islands have the largest concentration of bald eagles in the continental United States. The once active nest in this photo is located at the American Camp visitor center. More...